Who wasn’t a fan of “Single Ladies“? You know that cute little song about finding a man who wants you and then your other dude comes along like, “Hey! What about me?” That music video of Beyoncé in that cute little leotard with the hair poof and her girlfriends doing the dance routine with her. The song that became a viral internet sensation when celebrities like Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg did a Saturday Night Live (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xbj73o_justin-timberlake-parodie-beyonce_music) skit with her. Yes, that song. This wasn’t a rhetorical question, though. This is a question I would really like an answer for. Did politicians such as former mayor of NYC Rudy Giuliani or Toronto City Councillor Jim Karygiannis think Beyoncé was a likely danger to their cities when she was selling millions of dollars in ticket revenue? I don’t think that they did. Why? Because as long as Beyoncé is shaking her derriere to hits such as “Drunk In Love”, “Partition” or even “Freakum Dress” she is doing just what she is supposed to do. Shut up and entertain. Be a mindless drone in the industry singing about a love that may or may not exist and sell records. Right? That’s all that Beyoncé is suppose to do? Seemingly, so.
This may catch a good deal of flack, but I will say it anyway. Beyoncé is OURS. She has always been OURS. We share her with the world. In case people haven’t noticed, Beyoncé is a proud black woman from two black parents. She is married to a black man and had a beautiful black baby girl. This isn’t about racial discrimination against any other race. These are indisputable facts. Then why is it such a problem that Beyoncé paid tribute to The Black Panthers? Is it because it is Black History month? Or it is because it’s nearing the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther being formed? Was Beyoncé being too black for prime tv? Well according to TV show host Tomi Lahren of “Final Thoughts with Tomi“, Beyoncé was only “perpetuating the great battle of the races.” And I understand that someone who felt as though nothing in history was wrong would feel that way. Tomi also accused the Black Panthers of using “violence and intimidation to advance not racial equality, but to have overthrown white domination.” WHITE DOMINATION? I don’t think Tomi knows exactly what it was she was articulating. Or maybe she in fact did, and those were her true beliefs about the group and its history. To state that the Black Panthers were trying to overthrow the white domination is to say what? That the white race was dominating the world? The politics, the government, the laws, the schools, the police and fire departments, the media, and little Ma and Pop shops that were legally in their right, to put “WHITES ONLY” signs on their doors. Would that be considered domination? Yes. I’m thinking it would be. See, what Miss Tomi Lahren apparently isn’t aware of, are the changes that the Black Panthers brought up in their communities.
Full Employment, free health care, education, housing and most significantly, the end of police brutality to people of color.
When Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panthers Party in 1966 there was one goal in mind. EQUALITY And they were going to get it by any means necessary. Was there violence involved? Yes. After 400 years of violence and brutality imposed on us. But the primary goal was to stop what was going on. If the Black Panthers Party was (and still) Considered as a radical group, a group that had opinions and used actions that were far beyond the norm, then would the KKK to be labeled as a radical group or a flat out HATE group? I mean you gotta remember that a bunch of the KKK members were in political positions. Police officers, mayors, senators, governors, and etc. And people know the main goal of their organization, so there truly isn’t a need to get deep into it. But to say that the Black Panthers Party was created to dominate over the white population is probably (if not more) Ridiculous than the story of Christopher Columbus discovering America. Remember, he thought the world was flat.
I would also wish to add that Miss Tomi Lahren thought that by mentioning that Beyoncé’s husband Jay-Z had once sold drugs for 14 years, this would somehow override the message that Beyoncé was delivering. I guess as an insult to Jay and discrediting Beyoncé. First of all, Jay never denied selling drugs. In fact, he shared it on more than one of his many”VERY SUCCESSFUL” albums. However, Jay also shared that he did it to help provide for his siblings and mother when his father walked out on them. Drugs are bad, let’s just get that out there in the open straight off. DRUGS ARE BAD. Not only drugs on the street, but also prescription drugs. In fact, an article from Harvard University in 2014 states; “Few know that systematic reviews of hospital charts found that even properly prescribed drugs (aside from misprescribing, overdosing, or self-prescribing) cause about 1.9 million hospitalizations a year. Another 840,000 hospitalized patients are given drugs that cause serious adverse reactions for a total of 2.74 million serious adverse drug reactions. About 128,000 people die from drugs prescribed to them.” A trillion dollar business that isn’t run by us. I think both Mr. and Mrs. Carter is owed an apology for Miss Lahren’s illogical comments.
So as I asked in the beginning of this post, was Beyoncé anti-police while she was singing “Single Ladies“? No. She wasn’t. Now as long as she was running around in skimpy outfits singing hits like “Run the World (Girls)“, “Diva”, or “Independent Women”. It’s not hard to fathom why the sudden change in perspective about Beyoncé, unfortunately, it was to be expected. She now joins in with other black artists such as J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar who is using their platform to express the inequality and injustice that is going on today. I hope Beyoncé knows just how proud of her we are for taking a stand. And I know Huey Newton is too.