Singer Gladys Knight Attacked For Agreeing To Sing 'Racist' National Anthem

Seven-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight was criticized for agreeing to sing 'racist' National Anthem at the Super Bowl.

Atlanta, GA – Singer Gladys Knight will sing the National Anthem at the 2019 Super Bowl and is being criticized for accepting the job saying it hurt the anti-police crusade started by Colin Kaepernick.

Playing at the Super Bowl has sparked protests from the Black Lives Matter crowd who criticized Maroon 5 for accepting an offer to play during the Super Bowl’s halftime show.

Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine previously appeared in a video with other celebrities saying that police kill black people for no reason.

In the video, Levine said that Jamar Clark was shot by police for attending a birthday party.

Jamar Clark was shot after police tried to arrest him during a confrontation with paramedics. He resisted arrest and grabbed an officer's gun before he was shot.

Local activists later claimed that Clark was laying on the ground handcuffed when police executed him for no reason, despite 10 paramedic and law enforcement witnesses who said otherwise.

Now, Knight is being criticized on Twitter for agreeing to sing the National Anthem, according to Fox News.

F. Bruce Williams, a pastor at Bates Memorial Baptist in Kentucky tweeted, “Gladys I love u, ur music & ur extraordinary career. Ur absolutely amazing! But, I disagree with u on this. The threat is not to our national Anthem (especially the racist third stanza), it’s to justice! Ur voice would sound sweeter if it joined the protest by not singing.”

Many others tweeted that the National Anthem was a racist song written by a man who owned slaves, according to AOL.com.

Knight, 74, has won seven Grammy Awards and is best known for the song, “Midnight Train Georgia,” which was a No. 1 hit in 1973.

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“I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things, and they are police violence and injustice,” Knight said in a statement released to Variety. “It is unfortunate that our National Anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the National Anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone."

“I am here today and on Sunday, Feb. 3 to give the Anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words, the way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life, from walking back hallways, from marching with our social leaders, from using my voice for good — I have been in the forefront of this battle longer than most of those voicing their opinions to win the right to sing our country’s Anthem on a stage as large as the Super Bowl LIII,” Knight continued. “No matter who chooses to deflect with this narrative and continue to mix these two in the same message, it is not so and cannot be made so by anyone speaking it. I pray that this National Anthem will bring us all together in a way never before witnessed and we can move forward and untangle these truths which mean so much to all of us.”

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Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

African Americans were orig. sold to slave owners by Africans in their home country. Those here now are the descendants of those slaves. Was it a horrible life? I have no doubt it was, however, without them being here we would't have the population we now have. Their predecessors started the journey for them. If those here don't like what happened and want to have a do over, go for it.

Usaf9000
Usaf9000

Well said Gladys! Maybe you can get the message across.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

This lovely lady has the right to her opinion and to sing our National Anthem without being called a traitor by others. She happens to be clear-eyed enough to discern between the issues that have been confused and muddled by others, black and white.

SaneGma
SaneGma

Bravo to Ms. Knight for standing up and voicing what needs to be said. Thank you!

merlin9
merlin9

In 1830 there were 3,775 free black people who owned 12,740 black slaves.

Approximately true, according to historian R. Halliburton Jr.:

There were approximately 319,599 free blacks in the United States in 1830. Approximately 13.7 per cent of the total black population was free. A significant number of these free blacks were the owners of slaves. The census of 1830 lists 3,775 free Negroes who owned a total of 12,760 slaves.

If you want to complain about slavery, check your facts.

jeff1967
jeff1967

They act as if she were going to sing the so-called "racist" third stanza. No one ever sings that. So I don't see their problem.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Its getting to the point that a big bowl of Doritos are "racist" .

They need to just stop with the #1 overused bullying cliche used by some to gain attention and shout down others. Refuse to be bullied Gladys.

bluelinestrong
bluelinestrong

I am so sick of this shit. But the mentally of these people show how easily they can be manipulated and that they can't think for themselves. They have the intelligence of a cow. One says hay let's take a knee against the national anthem and police brutality and they all do it. Ok so you took a knee wow what a man. But have you really done anything? How about on the off season go work in these neighborhoods when something is going wrong go handle it better as you so clearly think you can. Be an unarmed officer( you don't need a gun because your against them anyway) you know WHY you WON'T? Because your a bunch of crybaby wimps that can't even leave the locker room to go home by yourselves, because your scared.

Sailor
Sailor

Congratulations to Ms. Knight for taking such a positive, unifying stance with regard to her upcoming Super Bowl performance. The mentioned detractors are irrelevant with no real substance or truth to their arguments or grievances

Secesh1861
Secesh1861

So Francis Scott Key who wrote the lyrics to the national anthem owned slaves so he’s a racist. You know who else was a big fat racist then?

Mrs. Grant wrote in, The Personal Memoirs of Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant: “We rented our pretty little home (in St. Louis) and hired out our four servants to persons whom we knew and who promised to be kind to them. Eliza, Dan, Julia and John belonged to me. When I visited the General during the war, I nearly always had Julia with me as nurse.” (Pages 82-83) So what you're telling me is General Grant was fighting to free his own slaves!!!

JLo1
JLo1

Smart Lady! Way to go Gladys!!!

LEO0301
LEO0301

I'm protesting black violence on white police officers. The vast majority of fights I was in as a police officer was with black males. As I think back through my years doing this job I can only remember a handful of arrests with blacks that didn't turn into a fight. The only ones that seemed to go peacefully was when there were multiple officers present. So stop the false narrative of police officer brutalizing a race. It's simply not true.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Stand strong Gladys. The kapernicks of this generation know nothing of real struggle. Have them go into chicago any day of the week. Then tell us our police officers are the problem.

Lexao9193
Lexao9193

I agree with Mrs. Knight sing loud and proud Mrs. Knight. Hell I just may watch just to see her sing it !

Rabit1
Rabit1

Totally disgraceful. Leave the National Anthem out of YOUR racist bigotry. Whites are not the problem and blacks are not the problem people are the problem and the way they are brought up. Read up. It was black people who brought blacks here to be slaves. Whites had nothing to do with the start of slavery in this country. Get a life Knight. You are a wash up. Get used to it.

Stanracer
Stanracer

How often do we here the phrase "for no reason"??? There's always a reason. By far there are more black people killed by other blacks than killed by the police. No-one is protesting that and that is the real problem.

Buzz17
Buzz17

Automatic stripping of US citizenship & immediate expulsion order for all who call patiotic things like our National Anthem, "racist." Don't like the US? Think the nation as a whole is "racist"? Get the hell out of here & go live a socialist country! But, you're never getting back in the US. Might be a good idea to shut up & try to do something useful to help all people who need a "hand up". Perhaps blacks who think the US is racist should go live in a place like Somalia or Rwanda or Nigeria for a while & see how those black nations live in constant tribal war.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Ms. Knight Thank you for doing this. Despite the divison some people promote, the United States is still the best place on earth to live. Some people are never happy. We love your music and voice and alwys have. Thank you for not "buckling" to the whims of a few loudmouths who think they can bully everyone. As a law enforcement officer for 30 years (now retired) thank you for honoring our great country by doing this. Perhaps it will change some peoples' opinions.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Love this video

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

God bless you Gladys. I've always enjoyed you and your 🎵! For those who don't want to be there because of this- - there will be a "Midnight Train to Georgia". Be on it. Abrams will be glad to have you.

Rayb
Rayb

Who complained? 1 person? 10 or more?? I think they exaggerate these kinda stories just to have a story..it’s BS!!

Artemis2556
Artemis2556

It seems to me that the only racist people we have in this country are the ones who are protesting that they are being treated unfairly by racists. There is no room in America for racism, WE ARE ALL AMERICANS and need to start acting like united citizens of our country.

61mouse
61mouse

All these assholes who are bitching are demoasses, do they NOT know the Demoasses are the ones that DIDN'T want slavery to end ?

mindy1000
mindy1000

The insanity from the left is never ending.

I hope he sues
I hope he sues

Who really cares what people think, proud of her.

jimmyfboyd1234
jimmyfboyd1234

The Democrats are the ones who started slavery,kept it going and were the actual members of the KKK and to date instead of keeping slavery in the plantations of past time the Democrats now keep the slaves confined into the concrete cities,they keep people down and depending on the Government for housing,food,medical and such,people that have chosen to utilize their God given talents,their hard work ethics and their morals have managed to get themselves and their families out of those Democratic controlled concrete slavery strongholds!

NickyJ
NickyJ

Good god how along ago was slavery? Get over it. Unless you would like to move back where your ancestors came from. You people are a bunch of sheep. Try to become a human being instead of a fool

MrsS
MrsS

These people obviously forgot that Ms Knight -- NOT THEY--lived through the days of separate facilities for whites and blacks, and that in fact, she was a force for empowerment and change when they were still zygotes.

The anthem isn't racist; the stanza which referenced the mercenaries, is no longer sung, and it was written about MERCENARIES brought in by an occupying empire, not about their skin color.

Milman
Milman

F. Bruce Williams, a pastor... Would you be OK with an ALL WHITE show? Probably not! Some folks will never be satisfied....

patm
patm

Gladys is correct, we need the National Anthem to bring American’s together, not tear us further apart 🇺🇸👍

Wish505
Wish505

This is one beautiful lady and I know she will do what is right. Have always admired and respected her beautiful soul.

Wish505
Wish505

They do not understand that whites and other racist were slaves long before slavery was an issue in America. Where are our reparations and rights.