Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen expresses anger over Americans not standing for ‘Black National Anthem’ at Super Bowl, according to The Gateway Pundit.

Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen of Tennessee criticized attendees at the Super Bowl for failing to stand for the “Black National Anthem,” sparking a debate over patriotism and national pride.

The controversy began when Cohen took to Twitter after the Super Bowl to express his dismay at the lack of people standing for “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as the Black National Anthem. He wrote, “Very very few stood at Super Bowl for ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing.’ The Negro National Anthem. Not a pretty picture of Super Bowl crowd.”

Cohen’s tweet quickly garnered a response from Twitter users, including one who pointed out that “It’s not a national anthem. You’d think someone in government would know that.”

The song “Lift Every Voice and Sing” has been performed at the past four Super Bowls, including the most recent one where it was sung by Grammy winner Andra Day. While Day’s performance drew cheers from the crowd, many were visible in the background remaining seated throughout her performance.

In response to the criticism he received for his tweet, Cohen added, “I honor our national anthem and respect it as representing our country and in our pride in it. However, if you look at the history and some of the verbiage, it does relate to slavery and not in a questioning manner.”

The controversy comes amid a larger debate over patriotism and national pride in the United States. Some have defended Cohen’s comments, arguing that the country’s history of slavery and racial inequality should be acknowledged and addressed. Others have criticized Cohen for focusing on a song that they argue is not the national anthem, diverting attention from more pressing issues facing the nation.

Critics have also accused Cohen and other Democrats of seeking to divide Americans along racial lines, rather than promoting unity and understanding. One Twitter user noted, “Two Things: 1- It’s the Black Nat’l Anthem not the Negro Nat’l Anthem AND 2- We have a Nat’l Anthem the represents ALL U.S. Citizens regardless of race, GFY.”

The controversy raises questions about the role of symbolic gestures, such as standing for the national anthem, in expressing national identity and pride. It also underscores the deep divisions that exist in American society, particularly around issues of race and history.

While some have argued that the “Black National Anthem” should be respected and honored as a symbol of African American heritage and struggle, others have questioned whether it is appropriate to elevate a separate anthem alongside the official national anthem.

The broader debate has reignited discussions about the meaning of patriotism and national identity in the United States, as well as the country’s history of racial inequality and injustice.

As the controversy continues to unfold, it is clear that the debate over the “Black National Anthem” and its place in American society is far from over. Whether it will ultimately bring Americans closer together or further divide them remains to be seen. However, the controversy has sparked an important conversation about the complex and often contentious nature of national symbols and identity in the United States.