The following comes from the Family Research Council.

Back in November, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban suspended the playing of the national anthem before home games. Because stands sit empty due to coronavirus restrictions, nobody noticed until Tuesday.

There’s no good reason why the “Star-Spangled Banner” should be controversial. Do people seriously wish they were British subjects instead? Do they resent that America is the “land of the free and the home of the brave?”

But America’s professional sports have made America’s national anthem the chief target in their passive aggressive war against America. It started back when former quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand with other players while the anthem was played, saying he was protesting America’s “systemic racism.” It spread to other players and teams and even crossed into basketball. Then they added another song at the beginning of games. Teams in both the NBA and the NFL have taken to playing what’s known as the “Black National Anthem” alongside America’s official national anthem.

Last time I checked, there is no “black America” and “white America.” There is only one America. And the Star-Spangled Banner plays before major sporting events so all Americans can celebrate that fact. But this season, Mark Cuban canceled America’s national anthem. After previously saying they didn’t care, the NBA today reversed course and said the national anthem must be played.

While the NBA grows more confrontational in their condemnation of America for the so-called institutional racism behind a handful of incidents of police brutality, they have silenced their own players and staff who have attempted to speak out on China’s human rights abuses.

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