How far we have come as a country when you have to ‘defend yourself’ for singing the national anthem?!
Gladys Knight, whose popular hit “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” made her an iconic figure, was chosen to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl in two weeks. As an African-American woman, she was criticized for singing the anthem when others have made protests against the anthem a personal cause.
Knight responded with a statement…one that speaks for itself and has no need of comment, so Thinking Man will just quote it here:
“I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things and they are police violence and injustice. It is unfortunate that our National Anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the National Anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone. I am here today and on Sunday, Feb. 3 to give the Anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words, the way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life, from walking back hallways, from marching with our social leaders, from using my voice for good—I have been in the forefront of this battle longer than most of those voicing their opinions to win the right to sing our country’s Anthem on a stage as large as the Super Bowl LIII.”