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PBS, Vanessa Williams stir up controversy over ‘Black National Anthem’

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PBS has led to tense reactions with his decision to Vanessa Williams perform the “Black National Hymn” during the July 4 coverage — with critics branding the move divisive and un-American.

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Williams’ performance on the station’s annual Capitol Fourth program on Sunday evenings is intended to promote recognition of Juneteenth’s founding as a National holiday.

“It’s in honor of the great opportunity we now have to celebrate Juneteenth. So we reflect on the times,” the actress and singer, who was the first black woman to win the Miss America Pageant, told the Associated Press.

“We are a reflection of the times and I am happy to be part of a great show that the producers are aware of and willing to make the changes that have happened over the past year and a half.”

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Her rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” will be the american national anthem, which will be sung by Grammy award winner Renée Fleming, but is still bitterly divided on social media.

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Lavern Spicer, a Republican candidate in Florida’s 24th District, who is black, said the song could divide the country in a day when people should stand together.

“Vanessa dear, a BLACK national anthem is something a black African country would have, not a country like America that exists for everyone,” Spicer tweeted.

Author Tim Young echoed Spicer’s concerns, tweeting, “Nothing will unite us as a nation more than separate but equal national anthems…”

“This is not unity… it is division,” Young reiterated in a follow-up tweet.

Jenna Ellis, a former deputy district attorney in Weld County, Colorado and a Trump attorney, invoked the words of the Pledge of Allegiance to show her frustration.

“We are ONE Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for ALL,” Ellis tweeted.

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“We are witnessing the unraveling of E pluribus unum in real time,” former CIA Officer Brian Dean Wright furious, referring to the traditional motto of the United States, which is Latin for “Of many, one.”

“The consequences will be dire,” warned Dean Wright.

Other social media critics also railed against the decision to perform two anthems.

“I didn’t receive the memo, we have a new anthem? And what was wrong with our original one?” a Twitter user responded to the announcement.

“What? I thought we were ALL Americans?! Now divided by color? What happened to one nation, under God, indivisible? Talking about dividing us…” said another.

Originally called “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the song was written in 1900 by NAACP leader James Weldon Johnson and was popular among civil rights activists in the 1950s and 1960s.

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A Capitol Fourth airs on PBS from 8 to 9:30 p.m. EST.

The 41st broadcast of the party program will also feature Jimmy Buffett, Gladys Knight and Train.

Click here to read more from the New York Post.

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