I saw this story on The O'Reilly Factor Thursday night. There was certainly some offense taken by a white member of the Denver City Council on that program. In addition there was a young black professor who thought this wouldn't be a big deal if it had been say God Bless America as opposed to Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing. Either way, the singer in question was asked to sing the Star Spangled Banner and it was unprofessional to make the switch that she did.
My only answer to the idea that there are those who are more offended by Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing, well I wonder how many white folks knows what that is or even it's significance. Well those who work in schools largely populated with black students might know (we sung it before every assembly during my time in public school), but the larger population might not! Of course I could also say that there isn't much reason to be offended by the song no more than someone should have been offended by any other song a singer could have sung in place of the national anthem.
I look forward to some comments on this. Do you think what this lady did was unprofessional? Would it matter what song it was?
Below the incident in question provided by the earlier link in this post to Jack & Jill Politics.
Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing