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Start Rep. Steve Cohen blasts Super Bowl fans for not standing up for ‘Negro national anthem’

White Democratic Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen was furious that Super Bowl fans didn’t respect what he called the “Negro national anthem” during Sunday night’s big game.

As it has in recent championship games, the NFL opened the Super Bowl with the song “Life Every Voice and Sing,” which many agitators proclaimed as the “black national anthem.”

Of course, it’s not a “national anthem” at all, but regardless, Congressman Cohen wasn’t happy that video of fans in the stands showed that few people were standing while R&B singer Andra Day performed the popular song.

He quickly jumped on his X account to scold fans.

“Very, very few people showed up to the Super Bowl for ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing.’ The Negro national anthem. This is not a pretty picture of the Super Bowl crowd,” he wrote.

Aside from Cohen’s odd “nigger” phrase — one wonders if he wrote this while sitting at a Walgreens lunch counter — his should be standing during the performance of the song.

Cohen barked at the detractors, saying he defended both songs, and curiously added, “In Memphis, most do.” »

Cohen also promulgated the false claim that the “Star-Spangled Banner” contains “verbiage” that “pertains to slavery.”

“Well, I honor our national anthem and I respect it as representative of our country and our pride,” Cohen responded to an X-rated poster. “However, if you look at the history and some of the verbiage, it relates to slavery and not in an interrogative way.”

Cohen is wrong. There is never anything in the national anthem that “relates” to the practice of American slavery.

Indeed, there was once a third verse in the song which contained the lyrics: “No refuge could save the mercenary and the slave, from the terror of flight or from the darkness of the grave.” »

But this phrase referred to the British Navy’s practice of kidnapping American sailors (called impression) and forcing them to serve in the British Navy. This was not a reference to the American “peculiar institution”. Printing was a major factor in the War of 1812, for which the song was written.

Additionally, this verse was no longer part of the song in the 1930s when it became our national anthem. It had been abandoned in the 1860s, and by 1931 few people knew of its existence.

Even the left-leaning site Snopes.com said the claim that the verse referred to American slavery didn’t really hold water.

So, not only is Rep. Cohen uninformed about American history, but he is deliberately using the song to divide America.

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Jeoffro René

I photograph general events and conferences and publish and report on these events at the European level.
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