Recently, pro football player Marshawn Lynch put the Mexican National Anthem in the spotlight while President Donald Trump turned it into a political tool. An unusual conduit for publicity for a piece of Mexican culture that is 163 years old, but alas these are strange times.
The Oakland Raider running back was in Mexico City for an NFL exhibition game when he decided to stand for the Mexican anthem and not stand for the U.S. national anthem. Lynch was keeping with the new, albeit controversial, tradition of not standing for the U.S. national anthem to highlight the injustices African Americans face in the U.S.
This set off President Donald Trump who tweeted:
“Marshawn Lynch of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders stands for the Mexican Anthem and sits down to boos for our national anthem. Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down.”
It should be noted disrespecting the Mexican National anthem comes with fines and possible jail time. Mexicans expect guests to stand for the anthem while locals are expected to salute by placing their right hand over their heart at a right angle, palm horizontal and thumb turned under the entire time the anthem is played. So maybe Lynch didn’t want to risk time in a Mexican jail or more likely he just wanted to piss off the President – who has no kind words for NFL players, especially African American players.
According to the New York Post there were a total of five NFL players protesting by not standing for the U.S. anthem, during earlier NFL games played at Azteca Stadium. It is not clear, however, if those players stood for the Himno Nacional Mexicano.
Here is what you need to know about Mexico’s national anthem beside the fact that Marshawn Lynch stood while it played:
- Introduced during Mexican Independence festivities on September 16, 1854 in Mexico City.
- Lyrics written by poet Francisco Gonzalez Bocanegra
- Melody created by Spanish band conductor Jaime Nuno Roca
- Mexico officially adopted the collaboration as the country’s national anthem in 1943
- Anthem consists of 10 stanzas, and a chorus, though typically only four verses are sung
- Commonly known as “Mexicans, at the Cry of War”
- Has been translated to 6 native Mexican Indian languages
- Disrespecting of Anthem comes with a fine and possible jail
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