That's not a conservative radio host or cable news talking head railing regarding the Black national anthem. Rather, it’s one of America’s most prominent liberals, HBO's Bill Maher.
The “Real Time” host made a compelling claim after the NFL’s season opener, particularly the part regarding inverting the notion that all men are created equal in embracing (intentionally or not) segregation.
Alicia Keys performed the Black national anthem – “Lift Every Voice and Sing” – before NBC's telecast on Sept. 9. That was the only anthem the network presented to its audience. In the Week 2 SNF matchup before the Chiefs-Ravens thriller, the anthem was not played.
Before Maher spoke about the rebirth of segregation by producing two U.S. national anthems broken down along racial lines, he touched on the risk of teaching children as young as five to see others through the prism of race.
"To me, when people say to me sometimes, like, ‘Boy, you really go after the left these days. Why?’ Because you're embarrassing me," Maher asserted. "That's why I'm going after the left in a way you never did before. Because you're inverting things! I'm not going to give up on being liberal! This is what these teachers are talking about. You're taking children and making them hyper-aware of race in a way they wouldn't otherwise be!"
Martin Luther King Jr. preached that we should judge others not by the color of their skin yet by the content of their character. A recent USA Today/Ipsos survey reveals Americans agree that young children should not be taught about racism before they’re even old enough to read a basic sentence, with only 22 percent stating that children should start learning about racism in kindergarten.
Maher's sentiment was echoed by National Basketball Association (NBA) Hall-of-Famer Isiah Thomas in an interview with Jason Whitlock.
"When you sing the national anthem and then you sing the Black national anthem, the only thing that it does is it emphasizes our separateness,” Thomas explained to Whitlock on his "Fearless" broadcast.