I had a good laugh at this one.
“The NFL has a new national anthem, or at least a rival to the old one.
According to reports last week, the NFL will play “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” commonly referred to as the black national anthem, before every game this year.
This is more than woke virtue-signaling, although it is assuredly that.
The NFL has been such a battlefield for the cultural struggle over the national anthem and protests because it long ago eclipsed baseball as the national pastime. Heretofore, as one would expect of such a thoroughly American sport, the league had identified itself with a robust patriotism (pre-game flyovers, gigantic American flags unfurled on the field, tributes to servicemembers . . . ).
That the NFL has swung drastically the other way is a sign that a new national identity is emerging to supplant the old. This new American identity is, of course, getting pushed by every lever of elite culture. It is defined by “anti-racism” instead of the American creed, Black Lives Matter instead of, say, the American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars, and new rituals, holidays, and heroes instead of ones that have been long established and, to this point, uncontroversial.
The national anthem? It will now compete with the black national anthem and, by implication, risks becoming the “white” national anthem.
Juneteenth is worthy of commemoration but is being set up as a competitor holiday to July 4. …”
Do you remember Rich Lowry’s book The Case for Nationalism? It was published in 2019. I reviewed it here in November 2019.
I highlighted some key quotes from the book:
“The conception of America as an ethnic nation, dominated first by British American Protestants, then more broadly by white Christians, and buttressed throughout by a racial caste system, wasn’t sustainable and shouldn’t have been sustained.”
This is what Lowry was saying less than a year before the George Floyd riots:
“This is not to say that we shouldn’t occasionally review our cultural – and statuary – landscape. Certainly, American Nationalists should have no particular brief for honoring Robert E. Lee. The Confederate general obviously wasn’t a Nazi, and his postwar emphasis on reconciliation was a great service to the country. Presented with a momentous choice between his nation and his native state of Virginia, though, he chose the latter and nearly brought our national government to its knees. Often, statues of him were erected after the war to try to sugarcoat the cause of the Confederacy. They can be removed to battlefields and museums without rending our cultural fabric (rather, mending it for African Americans, for whom the statues are an understandable affront).”
This was Rich Lowry’s idea of American Nationalism:
“We should have a more capacious and merciful self-understanding. We all are Thomas Jefferson and W. C. Handy, the Pilgrims and Frederick Douglass, British and African, black and white, sitting at a vast Thanksgiving table within sight of an an enormous flat-screen tuned to a Lions or Cowboys game under the watchful gaze of a red, white, and blue–bedecked Eagle, sharing, laughing, squabbling, commiserating, and doing it all loudly in the distinct, instantly recognizable American style that makes its indelible imprint on us all.”
What did Rich Lowry think would hold America together in late 2019?
He rejected the traditional pillars of American national identity – White (in race), Anglo-Saxon (in culture), Christian (in religion) and liberal republican (in political ideology) in favor of the same old MLK-based, post-World War II civic nationalism of Eastern milquetoast establishment conservatism which was clearly becoming unglued. Lowry’s idea of American Nationalism was watching patriotic pageantry at NFL games.
At the height of the George Floyd mania last summer when countless monuments were being toppled, Rich Lowry wrote in National Review that conservatives SHOULD NOT defend Confederate monuments. The overwhelming majority of Republican voters have rejected his argument.
“In the wave of cancellations sweeping America, Confederate statues have been particularly hard hit.
They have been graffitied, assaulted, and torn down, while authorities rush to remove them.
For his part, President Donald Trump has been a steadfast defender of the statues and other forms of recognition of the Confederacy. He has come out in favor of preserving the names of military bases named after Confederate generals and pointedly said that we should build on our heritage rather than tear it down.
Conservatives tend to think the same way. They reflexively oppose politically correct campaigns to destroy anything giving offense.
They fear where the slippery slope of woke iconoclasm will lead — first it’s Jefferson Davis, ultimately George Washington.
They value tradition and worry we are trashing part of our history.
This impulse, though, is a mistake. Confederate statues and symbols deserve to be reevaluated, and often mothballed. …”
Why would anyone worry about a slippery slope?
This is someone who thought David French was a conservative star!
Note: Robert Barnwell Rhett predicted that one day that Lincoln’s Union would fall apart again due to its own corruption and absurd egalitarian ideology. It is a self-serving myth that slavery was the cause of the last conflict rather than sheer hatred and rejection of the East.