USA: 'Black national anthem' stirs controversy

Singer Rene Marie was picked to perform the National Anthem preceding Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper's annual state of the city address. Instead, on her own, she sang "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing," which is also known as the "black national anthem."

Lawrence Auster:

Just as Muslims can't help asserting their desire to spread and subject the world to sharia, because as Muslims they are supposed to do that, blacks just can't help asserting their blackness in public settings that are supposed to be non-racial, because that is what the entire black culture (e.g., Trinity United Church of Christ) is constantly telling them to do. And the more they do it, the more they lose any moral claim on white America's respect, concern, solicitude, or guilt.

So I say to black America: Go on, make our day.

I am, of course, not speaking of all black Americans as individuals, but of black America as a self-conscious community expressing itself as a community. If blacks want to organize themselves around blackness as their highest political loyalty, then they're not loyal to America, and we owe them nothing.

It's the classic Atlas Shrugged situation, as applied to race. Whites don't need blacks in order to live in a decent prosperous society, but blacks need whites in order to live in a decent prosperous society. They need us. We don't need them. As soon as whites understand this fundamental fact of life, the white guilt and the black thing will both collapse, opening the possibility of returning to a racially sane society--or, as I put it recently, of setting race relations in America back by two generations.