NO BLACK NATIONAL ANTHEM
The controversy statement by a Clark Atlanta University professor Timothy Askew over a song known to some as the Black National Anthem is all about nothing. The title of the song is “Life Every Voice and Sing”, not the Black National Anthem. The NAACP decreed the song the "Negro National Anthem" in the early 1900s. Professor Askew is correct in his argument that the song can be applied to any group of people and not just African Americans. The words to the song can be reminiscence of a solider coming home from war.
“We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered;
Out from the gloomy past, till now we stand at last
Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.”
In his book Professor Askew states that after studying the music and lyrics of the song Askew decided that the song was written with no specific race in mind. He fear that the song can be viewed as separatist, black people wanting their own nation. I agree that even though the song can be studied as part of the black experience in America. It should not be called the Black National Anthem. The time for a black national anthem has passed and maybe the organization that proclaimed it the Black National Anthem time has passed as well.
If we say that it is wrong for white people to form separatist organizations; we must also say that it is wrong for black people to form separatist organizations. We should not follow the behavior of the most evil in society but as Gandhi said, “be the change we want to see in the world” by promoting unity. To dwell on the past is to worship ghosts. The only reality is now. Let’s look at President Obama as a sign of the times, a sign of a new time in America. America freed black people over one hundred years ago; it is time for black people to free America. How? By forgiving the past, we put down the burden of carrying it. America has apologize for the wrong of slavery. Why haven't a black leader publicly accepted the apology on behalf of black people? Forgiveness is a two way street, there has to be a giver and a receiver to release the power that forgiveness holds. It is not for us judge the sincerity of the apology, it is a start. The Course in Miracles states, “no man who has a enemy is free”. It’s time to leave the struggle behind and be free. Black children should know that struggle doesn’t have to define them or be their only reality. No one race built this country alone we built it together, in the fight for freedom our blood is mingle forever. We are indeed one Nation under God.