House Majority Whip pushes measure making ‘Black national anthem’ official U.S. hymn

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If you’re a Democrat and basically the entire country now realizes you’re openly on board with lying, cheating and stealing, what do you do to “promote unity?”

Why, you attempt to change the national anthem, of course.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., said this week he plans on introducing a measure to make “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” AKA the “Black national anthem,” the official U.S. song. The goal? To promote unity.

The song was first written as a poem in 1899 by James Weldon Johnson, former leader of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). It was set to music later on by his brother John Rosamond Johnson.

“To make it a national hymn, I think, would be an act of bringing the country together. It would say to people, ‘You aren’t singing a separate national anthem, you are singing the country’s national hymn,’ ” Clyburn told USA Today. “The gesture itself would be an act of healing. Everybody can identify with that song.”

Even when their own national anthem has just been replaced?

USA Today, which reported the story, notes that the song has long been sung in the black community. Clyburn maintained he believes it is time for everyone to have to sing it.

Howard University political science professor Michael K. Fauntroy told the newspaper, however, he’s concerned that it would merely be a symbolic victory, and a showpiece substitute for what he referred to as “actual change.”


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