What is all the fuss about Vanessa Williams singing it on 4th of July
Sounds like another salvo fired in the culture war.
PBS, Vanessa Williams spark backlash over ‘black national anthem’
PBS has sparked tense backlash with its decision to have Vanessa Williams perform the “black national anthem” during its July 4 coverage — with critics blasting the move as divisive and un-American.
Williams’ performance on the station’s annual Capitol Fourth program Sunday evening is intended to celebrate the recognition of Juneteenth’s establishment as a federal holiday.
Lavern Spicer, a Republican candidate in Florida’s 24th district, who is black, said the song could divide the country on a day people should be standing together.
“Vanessa honey, a BLACK national anthem is something a Black African Country would have, not a country like America that exists for everyone,” Spicer tweeted.
Author Tim Young echoed Spicer’s concerns, tweeting: “Nothing will unite us more as a nation than separate but equal national anthems…”https://nypost.com/2021/07/04/pbs-backlash-over-vanessa-williams-black-national-anthem/