Music legend Gladys Knight is taking fire from leftists for agreeing to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl next month.
A long list of black performers including Rihanna, Cardi B, Jay-Z, Meek Mills, and others have announced a boycott of the Super Bowl because they want to try and force the NFL to re-sign anti-American player Colin Kaepernick. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has been without a team since he turned free agent at the end of the 2016 season during which he invented the anti-American protest mounted during the playing of the national anthem.
Kaepernick has since launched a lawsuit against the league and its owners for “colluding” to keep him from playing because he invented the anthem protests. He claims they conspired to quash his freedom of speech.
The large number of black entertainers came together to boycott the Super Bowl in an effort to force the league to re-hire the anti-American player. But it looks like Gladys Knight is bucking that boycott.
Knight is not backing down. Indeed, in a public letter, the Heard It Through The Grapevine singer says she is unhappy that the national anthem was ever the subject of a protest in the first place.
Knight’s letter was first reported by TMZ Sports.
“I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things and they are police violence and injustice,” the 74-year-old music icon said.
“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,” Knight added.
“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.”
“No matter who chooses to deflect with this narrative and continue to mix these two in the same message, it is not so and cannot be made so by anyone speaking it.”
“I pray that this National Anthem will bring us all together in a way never before witnessed and we can move forward and untangle these truths which mean so much to all of us.”
Well, that is refreshing, isn’t it?
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