By: Leticia Latrice
Beyonce’ has been under extreme scrutiny since Super Bowl 16′.
After the release of her controversial ‘Formation’ video that featured a young black boy dancing in front of the police while Beyonce sat on top of a sinking police car. Law enforcers have threatened to Boycott Beyonce’s performances and not provide protection during her formation tour.
Minister Louis Farrakhan, political activist and esteem leader in the African- American community feels that when black people begin to voice their frustration against racism and critical black issues white folks don’t know how to deal with it.
In an recent speech he stated “Well, you taught us everywhere we went about the Holocaust. But we have sympathy for you. But when one of us shows some independence look at how you’re treating Beyoncé now. You’re going to picket. You’re not going to offer her police protection, but the F.O.I. will(Washington Post).”
Farrakhan encourages other celebrities and cultural giants to speak up about black pride and the injustice blacks experience. He stated “Put it out there! With strength! … How you love your black self and you want to see black people free. We’ll back you up(Washington Post).”
Too often black people are shunned because they choose to speak up for their people. Why should a celebrity or a cultural giant in the African American community have to be afraid to stand for what they believe in? It is sad that once they take a stand they are black balled.
They have to deal with the repercussions of losing business,endorsements,their image or in Beyonce’s case police protection. The good news is that Beyonce’ has such a high level of success that she can afford to take the hit. Plus her true fans from diverse nationalities and backgrounds have stood behind her.
Beyonce’ and Farrakhan are sending the message that we don’t need to work with racist white people if we support each other. Thankfully Farrakhan and the F.O.I(Fruits of Islam) have offered to provide protection for Beyonce’ if the police won’t. Many cultures such as the Hispanic and Asian communities are very self sufficient.
They have their own neighborhoods, organizations and businesses that they are loyal to. They have their own grocery stores, day cares, restaurants, lawyers, doctors and the list goes on. So why is it a problem if the African American community supports one another and their businesses?
Start to look within your community first instead of looking for everyone else’s help. We are not out numbered we are out-organized!