“The so-called Black National Anthem does not belong at the Super Bowl,” she wrote on X. “We already have a National Anthem and it includes EVERYONE.”
The song was written in 1900 and performed for the first time at a celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. It has been called the “Black national anthem” since 1919, 12 years before “The Star-Spangled Banner” was officially chosen as the national anthem.
Kelly’s post was just another example of her long history of racial insensitivity, and people on social media ― including many of her fellow journalists ― called her out for the post.
You can hear the song that got Kelly all worked up below.