Question: when did Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing--written in
the 1930s 1900 by Harlem Renaissance men James Weldon Johnson and his brother John Rosamond Johnson and sung at functions far and wide since then--magically become a "Leftist patriotism song" and/or something akin to a black power anthem?
Answer: when Barack Obama exposed the dark underside (no pun intended) of hate that exists among a minority of black people. The fact that so many didn't see (refused to see?) what he was has made all too many white persons suspect anything that has the label black on it, with respect to the American subculture in question.
Yes Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing has been known as the 'Black National Anthem' and it has had that unofficial label for far longer that Black Liberation Theology and Barack Obama have existed. That it has been dubbed such does not mean that it takes the place of the National Anthem and it never has meant that. And no, this woman should not have sung the song without including the actual National Anthem or without giving The Star-Spangled Banner precedence over Lift. But I'm seeing characterizations of Lift that are just plain BS--just like I've read out-and-out lies about the Luo tribe of Kenya, the ethnic group from which Obama and I stem.
Few white Americans cared about this song until now and that's understandable, but not because there's some wrong with the song. This is what's wrong: there's a spirit in the air and it's different from that which existed in the previous epoch of time during which the song was penned, sung and cherished. It's the Spirit of Fear and you who are Christian know that this spirit does not have God as its origin.
People, you are letting you prior failure to recognize a charlatan and your fellow citizens' ongoing failure in this area make you even more blind. Open your eyes and recognize that this what Obama's purpose is; to Sow Discord between brethren. Stop making his job easier.
UPDATE: Have you ever apologized to someone else for taking out your frustrations on them and getting impatient with them because they wouldn't do something you asked them to do?
And then have you had that same person require you to apologize for something that you did not do? That was someone else's fault? Readers of the Hot Air comment thread will understand what I'm talking about.
UPDATE: In the comments, doubleplusundead (I just love that handle) asks:
Baldi, was this what you were trying to convey?Why, yes, this is exactly it.
I think what Baldi is trying to explain to people is that they need to tread gingerly [with the song], because not having a grasp on what exactly you're attacking can lead to problems.As I said in the Hot Air comments, I'm getting tired of having the subcultural totems of Americans who happen to be black 1) used by the haters of America and 2) held up by other Americans as "proof" that we're some sort of Fifth Column in our own country.
Black Americans don't automatically associate Lift Ev'ry Voice & Sing with the sort of radical, aggro ideology of a Rene Marie, note again, in the 60's and 70's, and remember, Lift Ev'ry Voice & Sing was sung after the Star-Spangled Banner. What she did has not the norm by any means. Undoubtedly, many black American probably just associate it with the civil rights movement itself, or the fight to end segregation law in the early 20th Century, not the ridiculous Black Power characters we see dragged onto cable TV shows for the hosts to feign outrage and kick around every once in a while.
Hats off to you, ++undead.