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Sage Steele criticizes the ‘Black National Anthem’: ‘It’s being shoved down people’s throats’

Sage Steele criticizes the 'Black National Anthem': 'It's being shoved down people's throats'

Sage Steele criticizes the ‘Black National Anthem’: ‘It’s being shoved down people’s throats’. Sage Steele, a podcaster and former ESPN host, has sparked controversy by speaking out against the use of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” as the “black national anthem” at major sporting events. Steele believes that performing this song is divisive and is being forced upon people. She expressed her views on her show, “The Sage Steele Show,” with guest Reggie Watts.

Steele argued that the song’s designation as the “black national anthem” is a recent development and is being shoved “down people’s throats.” She questioned why there needs to be a separate anthem for Black people, suggesting that it’s divisive and goes against the idea of unity and inclusivity. Steele stated, “Dude, we’re one big melting pot. This is good. Why are we now choosing to separate again when we’ve been in a tough time here the past several years, to say, ‘This is only our anthem, but y’all better stand up. Get your ass up.'”

Reggie Watts pushed back, suggesting that the song is a celebration of Black culture and history. However, Steele maintained that she doesn’t see why there needs to be a separate anthem, especially when the US national anthem is meant to unite all Americans.

Speaking with comedian, actor, and musician Reggie Watts on “The Sage Steele Show,” Steele stated, “I never intended to stir the pot, but now I don’t care. … I don’t like this whole black national anthem thing.”

This controversy highlights the ongoing debate about race, identity, and inclusivity in America. Steele’s views have sparked both support and criticism, with some agreeing that the song is divisive and others seeing it as a celebration of Black culture.

Steele’s personal experience as a biracial woman also plays into her perspective. She has faced criticism for identifying as both Black and white, with some in the Black community accusing her of not being “Black enough.” Steele believes that her family’s mixed race background should be celebrated as the ultimate example of diversity and inclusivity. She stated, “I think one of the biggest things that has made me so divisive and disliked and at least parts not all for sure, but parts of the black community is my conversation about being biracial.”

The debate raises important questions about identity, culture, and unity in America. While some see “Lift Every Voice and Sing” as a powerful symbol of Black culture and resilience, others see it as divisive and exclusionary. As the country continues to grapple with issues of race and identity, this controversy highlights the need for ongoing dialogue and understanding.

The use of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” as the “black national anthem” has been a topic of discussion in recent years, particularly in the context of sporting events. The song has been performed at various games and championships, including the Super Bowl, and has been met with both applause and criticism.

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Written by Jamil Johnson