Ex-NFL Player, Congressional Candidate Burgess Owens: 'There Is No Black National Anthem'

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Former NFL player and GOP candidate for Congress in Utah Burgess Owens, blasted the National Football League for its decision to air the “black national anthem” before season opening games this season.

Owens was incensed over the NFL’s pandering to the Black Lives Matter movement saying, “there is no ‘black national anthem.’” He also felt as if the NFL was trying to return to the days of segregation.

“There is no ‘black national anthem.’ Why does it feel like the country is trying to segregate again sometimes?” Owens tweeted on Thursday.

There is no “black national anthem”. Why does it feel like the country is trying to segregate again sometimes?

— Burgess Owens (@BurgessOwens) July 3, 2020

Owens was responding to the the NFL’s announcement that it intends to begin playing the song, Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing, a song that many blacks have taken to calling “the black national anthem.”

The league says that the “black national anthem” will be played before the Star Spangled Banner prior to all Week 1 games.

The song was created in 1905 from a 1900 poem written by James Weldon Johnson, an early leader of the National Association for the Advancement

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