Black Power was on parade during Beyoncé’s Super Bowl 50 halftime show this past Sunday night. Fox News, Rudy Giuliani, and pretty much all of Twitter all realized Beyoncé was openly supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, but the performance also paid homage to the New Black Panthers Party, a group which is known for making radical statements calling for violent attacks against people of other races. Giuliani believes the symbolism went out of its way to attack police officers in an “outrageous” fashion.
The choreography used by Beyoncé’s Super Bowl 50 halftime show made multiple references. At one point, the dancers dressed in New Black Panther Party berets aligned themselves into the shape of an X, and raised their hands in the Black Power salute. Many people believe the symbolism referenced the black civil rights leader, Malcolm X.
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— Cindy Tindell (@CindyTindell) February 8, 2016
The unique orchestration spanned both the Super Bowl field at Levi’s Stadium and all over the internet. Within minutes of the show, many groups were openly proclaiming support for the Black Lives Matter and the New Black Panther Party. As an example, a viral Twitter photo shows Beyoncé’s backup singers holding a sign which says, “Justice for Mario Woods.” Presumably, this sign is in reference to a police shooting in 2015, when Woods refused to drop a knife and police officers shot and killed the black man in a hail of bullets.
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Speaking to Fox News, Rudy Giuliani slammed Beyoncé for her Super Bowl halftime show, claiming it was “outrageous” how she was using the biggest NFL game of the year to promote “terrible” political attacks on police officers.
“This is football, not Hollywood, and I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive,” he said. “And what we should be doing in the African-American community, and all communities, is build up respect for police officers. And focus on the fact that when something does go wrong, okay. We’ll work on that. But the vast majority of police officers risk their lives to keep us safe.”
— OurBKSocial (@OurBKSocial) February 8, 2016
While many on Twitter support Beyoncé for her homage to the Black Lives Matter movement, some question whether the New Black Panthers symbolism took the Super Bowl 50 show too far. In the past, the NBPP has stated they’re “at war,” because “the white race is absolutely disagreeable to live with in peace. No race has ever been able to get along with the white race in peace.” The New Black Panthers has asked the black community to “stand united as a people against a common enemy!” NBPP National Field Marshall King Samir Shabazz also allegedly called for the bombing of “white nurseries and churches” as “legitimate targets.”
According to Vox, the Jewish Anti-Defamation League believes the New Black Panthers are a racist hate group because their leaders advocated killing every “Godd**n Zionist in Israel,” in addition to the quotes about white people.
“I hate white people. All of them. Every last iota of a cracker, I hate it,” Shabazz once said. “You want freedom? You going to have to kill some crackers! You going to have to kill some of their babies!”
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Not everyone thinks the Super Bowl’s Black Lives Matter movement references were without controversy. For example, Breitbart claimed it was ironic for Beyoncé to support the movement, considering their personal history.
“The irony, of course, is that Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z owe their success to the capitalist system the leftist Black Lives Matter movement is intent on destroying. Jay-Z’s story of going from rags to riches is well-known, as he went from being a drug dealer in the projects of New York to becoming an entertainment star and entrepreneur. Beyoncé is the child of a small business owner and a sales manager for Xerox. Both biographies fly in the face of the Black Lives Matter narrative that black people somehow need to be ‘liberated’ from the free market.”
What do you think about Beyoncé’s Super Bowl 50 halftime show? Did it go too far by referencing both the Black Lives Matter movement and the New Black Panthers Party?
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