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The Guardian is marking Trump’s two-year mark in office with a series of articles over the next few days. The first one was published today.
It examines the effects the Trump administration has had on key issues: the environment, the economy, foreign policy, immigration and the judiciary.
The empress of soul, Gladys Knight, has defended her decision to perform the American national anthem at the Super Bowl, after receiving criticism from supporters of former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who used football’s pre-game tradition to protest racial injustice, especially police brutality against people of color.
But Knight, a 74-year-old native of Atlanta, where the game will be played, has agreed to sing “the Star Spangled Banner”, Reuters reports.
Her decision was blasted on social media today by supporters of the “take a knee” stance championed by NFL players who kneel during the anthem as a form of activism. Donald Trump, who lobbied for rebels to be fired, has led a chorus of conservative voices calling such actions unpatriotic.
Knight argued that she wanted to “give the anthem back its voice” in order to include Americans struggling for racial justice. She said she did not need to prove her commitment to civil rights.
“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,” the “Midnight Train to Georgia” singer said in a statement.