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Black officer compares Beyoncé’s Super Bowl halftime show to the KKK

Photo credit: Beyonce (@beyonce) via Instagram

Photo credit: Beyonce (@beyonce) via Instagram

Beyoncé’s electrifying performance at the Super Bowl 50 half time show has now caused police to criticize her and others to call for a boycott of the artist.

The video for her new song, “Formation,” had a lot of images that seemed to reference police brutality. The singer laid on top of a New Orleans police car in one scene, a spray-painted wall that said “stop killing us” was shown in another, and there was one part where a person in a hoodie danced in front of a row of officers.

Then, on Sunday, during a year that marks the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party’s creation, she performed the song, and her dancers dressed in leather jackets that seemed to be replicating the Panthers’ attire. The dancers wore berets with afros, which also looked similar to those of the pro-Black political group.

Now, many viewers of the show are up in arms and have even called Beyoncé’s performance “racist” due to its promotion of a group that often battled against police. According to Business Insider, members of the National Sheriff’s Association watched the Super Bowl during their annual meeting, but turned off the half time show because they were offended by the “Formation” video.

Photo credit: Fox Business via screenshot

Sheriff David Clarke (Photo credit: Fox Business via screenshot)

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, a Black man, spoke with Fox Business host Jo Ling Kent and explained that while music artists are known for making political statements from time to time, Beyoncé’s performance was so extreme that it was comparable to someone dressing like a KKK member.

“Look, musicians have long used their music, their trade to make political statements in their music. We may not like it, but I don’t want to make a huge deal about it,” said Clarke. “Them coming out, Beyoncé in those Black Panther-type uniforms, would that be acceptable if a band, a White band came out in hoods and white sheets in the same sort of fashion?  We would be appalled and outraged.

“The Black Panthers are a subversive hate group in America,” he continued. “I think she could have done a better job, but I think Bruno Mars was a better halftime act anyway.”

Several people took to social media to express their views on the performance, like one woman who left a comment on Beyoncé’s Facbook page: “As the wife of a police officer, I am offended by this entire video,” she wrote. “Rise above and stay above the strife. For a girl who grew up in a privileged, wealthy family, she has no business pandering to those who didn’t.”

A Facebook and Twitter page with an icon that says “Blue Lives Matter” has been dedicated to boycotting Beyoncé. Other law enforcement supporters have also began using #BoycottBeyonce on their social media pages.

To be clear, while the Panthers did have their run-ins with law enforcement, the group was created to improve the self-sufficiency of the Black community. Food co-ops, community education and training were pillars of the organization. Self sufficiency also included defending yourself and family from police brutality when it came into your community. Much like many Black Americans of today, the Panthers were fed up with the police’s unfair treatment of Blacks, so they took on more control in Black neighborhoods and kept tabs on police activity in those areas. The Panthers also never claimed to be anti-White, but anti-racism.



31 Comments

  1. cupcake333 on February 9, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    ooooh.thank you rolling out for pointing out.the mission .of.the.panther, they.were.miliant for.the ones who.refuse to respect our.rights).police police even the word is becoming.associated.wth.brutality. i.get beyonce video her .awarernes will.teach white.kids ,.their own judgment even.cops understand the panthers.true.mission history.is.the.lier, nothing wrong with beyonce performance it didnt attack or degrade white.folks who gonna boycott her?please!! not.the college kid white or blk they love her
    better go to your kindergarden child to teach your lie the rest of us enjoyed.the show tired.of.whites watering.down the.horriblepass. kkk.is.the.ones.who.murderedand.hung.black.folk,from.trees.dog.get.more.justice in a.dog.pound then.black.men.in.american.court.system..lot.of.them.locked.up.for.10.years.on.crooked. cop charges planting dope.on them framing fire the mayor!! they.are.heading.the police dept that been committing these crime themoment we.show proof.of how we had to fight or mention the.panthers they get on twitter fb hollowing.racism BLACK.POWER IS.A.BELIEF IN JUSTICE WHO ELSE FOUGHT FOR US MARTIN LUTHERLKING/?.HECK.NO…RIP..BUT.HE.DIDNT.DO.WHAT.THE panther or marcus garvey did. work on black folks pride period martin luther has his place but not on pride level non violence .didnt work if it did we wouldntl.be still killed dwayne.william? he was framed the kkk was killing all them children in.alanta we seen a string oF.police murders from 70s.to now mike brown tamir rice many were murdered why dont they boycott thepolice for that”?if beyonce did anything wrong the NFLwould.never.trusted her okkkk

    • Jason on February 9, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Yep – Black Panther = created for SELF DEFENSE against police brutality
      KKK = Terrorist organization created for the preservation of white supremacy

      Yep – they seem the same to me

      • ForTheLulz on February 10, 2016 at 12:15 am

        Well, when you’re linked to this: http://jo eforamerica.c om/2015/05/new-black-panther-leader-bomb-nurseries-to-kill-white-babies/#

        It’s evident that people will say you’re the KKK.

        Or when you’re linked to this: http://w ww.trut hrevolt.o rg/news/black-lives-matter-radio-host-calls-race-war-cop-killing

        It’s evident that people will sat you’re the KKK.

        Or maybe it’s all the BLM/BP hashtagged things on twitter that black people say, such as killing whites, cops, etc? A hate movement gets stereotyped for the most common denominator, even if they are only a vocal minority they are all guilty by approval for not calling out their own. The likes those comments/tweets get shows it’s NOT a silent minority anyways. It’s no different with the stereotypes about rabid feminists hating men, being overweight, lying about rape, etc.

        • Jason on February 10, 2016 at 10:15 am

          Saying it and actually doing it (as the KKK did and probably does today) is two different things. Words and actions are two different things. We KNOW what the KKK did as history has recorded their horrible lynching, castrations, kidnappings and bombing of churches where little girls played.

      • ForTheLulz on February 10, 2016 at 12:17 am

        Also: When was the last time you saw a town of white people riot and destroy their own neighborhood and small businesses that compare to what BLM/BP/blacks in general have been doing over the last couple years? They are just violent, which further justifies why they are the majority of arrests and convicted criminals.

        • THEBEARCUB on February 10, 2016 at 6:00 am

          No instead we see white kids rioting at College games when they win or don’t win also setting fires, looting stores, destroying cars. Like Sunday after the Super Bowl that is what they did in Denver rioted and destroyed cars. Whites are just as violent lets see Dylan Roof, James Holmes and that white kid who likked a bunch of school kids in Conn that’s for starters. So please G.T.F.O.H with that bullshit!

          • ForTheLulz on February 10, 2016 at 12:45 pm

            Really? I saw a rather mixed race/class in those, please link one where it’s all white people?



          • Likewaterforchoc on February 10, 2016 at 3:06 pm

            Most of these large predominantly white college institutions are just that, predominantly white. They have white students and that is who you see destroying the campuses and rioting. You will have a couple “tokens” here and there attempting to fit in with their white contemporaries but I wouldn’t exactly describe it a a “mix”.. Most white colleges have minorities in vastly smaller percentages and are not equal parts (insert minority-here) and white. Penn State is a good example as well.



          • THEBEARCUB on February 12, 2016 at 3:30 am

            The majority of them were CAUCASIAN if that was a crowd like Ferguson or Baltimore the response would be very different so please spare me the BULLSHIT! You cannot be that dumb!



          • FSPhillyO . on February 12, 2016 at 6:17 am

            While only 13% of the population in the USA is black

            93% of all black murder victims are murdered by another black

            85% of all violent interracial crimes are committed by blacks

            80% of all shootings are committed by blacks

            79% of all robberies are committed by blacks…

            59% of all murders are committed by blacks

            52% of all violent juvenile crimes are committed by blacks

            49% of all murder victims are black

            45% of all drug offenses are committed by blacks

            42% of all cop killers are black

            8% of America’s population are black men, yet they account for 40% of America’s total prison population.

            99% of all major riots involving property damage, looting and civil disobedience are committed by blacks as opposed to ANY OTHER minority in America.

            Blacks Commit 25X more Violent Assaults against Whites than Whites against Blacks.

            And the most amazing statistic of all;

            33% of all crimes in America are committed by 3% of the population; blacks
            between the ages of 16 and 36



          • Scott in AZ on February 12, 2016 at 10:02 am

            BOOM! Truth bomb. Love it.



          • THEBEARCUB on February 12, 2016 at 11:15 am

            Another fake FBI statistic. You spend a lot of time studying African Americans. Maybe you should worry your race! I don’t buy shit you just posted and further more done with the correspondence.



          • FSPhillyO . on February 12, 2016 at 4:21 pm

            I’m not trying to get you to buy anything. Just pointing out that it’s not white college kids that are the problem like you said. I can explain the problem to you, but I can’t understand it for you.



        • Jason on February 10, 2016 at 10:18 am

          “Riots are the voice of the unheard” MLK. Blame White Supremacy. BTW – blacks don’t own anything, so why should they care about a business that only takes and doesn’t give anything to them?

          • ForTheLulz on February 10, 2016 at 12:44 pm

            Wow… be sure to tell Beyonce that. She needs informed that she owns nothing. To think that no black anywhere owns anything… you’re one f’d up kid. Poor Natalie Debose didn’t own her cake business in Ferguson either… lmao. Please, continue destroying your own, you do the work for the KKK without them having to lift a finger at all. Keep up with the insanely over represented black on black crimes and murders. Keep up with destroying each other and claiming you didn’t destroy yourselves. It’s HILARIOUS!



          • Jason on February 10, 2016 at 5:43 pm

            Fool – you ASSumption (faux assumption) was idiotic. Reports that WHITE officers destroyed her store have always been out there. IN fact – there is proof WHITE race soldiers posing as protestors were among the crowds in both Ferguson and Baltimore. You suspected white supremacists always use your tools of lies and deception to get your dirty work done. No more – times are changing and your clock is ticking down.



          • ForTheLulz on February 10, 2016 at 6:32 pm

            Ahh, you start to lose the argument and lack facts so you resort to trying to ruin my credibility. Sorry, those feminist and racist tactics don’t work on me. Keep it up though, it really lets your racist hatred shine through.



          • Jason on February 10, 2016 at 5:44 pm

            Blacks no longer give a hoot about what you suspected white supremacists think anymore. There is an awakening, and you would do well to tremble at what the future holds for white supremacy.



          • ForTheLulz on February 10, 2016 at 6:30 pm

            I’m hardly a supremacist, but it’s fun to compare you to the KKK because it fits the bill so well. When you wake up and realize you are doing their job for them and blacks stop acting like the monkeys that the majority of them are acting like… then maybe you’ll progress. Sadly, if they “awaken” just to rise up and riot, attack whites, etc, pretty much just show off their blatant racism they put words to now, they’ll die, fast. You have a few illegal handguns? Guess what kind of arsenal most normal people have that they can go buy legally. It would be a slaughter and rather stupid, but it would pretty much be status quo since that’s the exhibited behavior of the hood rats and ratchets.



          • Jason on February 11, 2016 at 2:05 pm

            Ok. White Supremacist. Have a nice life and #killyourself. Your time is winding down, so I won’t waste my time with your kind.



  2. Noff Memphis on February 9, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Beyonce gets attacked for wearing black but in cased you missed it Bruno Mars was wearing black too. Some comments don’t make sense.

  3. Jason on February 9, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Like I always say – there isn’t a shortage of coon available for the buying in black america. White supremacists have them on call whenever there is a runaway.

  4. Rainmaker on February 9, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Black Panthers fed and clothed the members of their community using food co-ops, free after school programs and similar measures. They also believe in defending their community when it is attacked. Nothing in that is racist or anti anybody. All the people who claim otherwise are simply lying to themselves so they have someone to hate to try to make themselves feel better.

  5. guest on February 10, 2016 at 8:31 am

    What is the world coming to! He believes her performance was “racist” but doesn’t believe all these cops killing men of color is racist?

  6. Snisey ~ on February 10, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Seriously? ?
    We only saw a great half time show which was better than the game by the way! Didn’t see all the foolishness that everyone is talking about. DAMN..quit making everything about race.

  7. Everett Neal on February 10, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Talking about a fool, and uncle Tom. Back in that era in many cases the police were the enemy to Blacks. Brutally racist oppressors who often got away with blatant murder. The Panthers were formed in response to this. The truth isn’t anti-cop either; just the truth. And to compare the OPs (Original Panthers) to the Klan is not only a damn lie, but bordering on insanity.

    • guest on February 11, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      They always manage to find that one sellout.

    • Jason on February 11, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      Amen, but save it for the truly educated and not these internet idiots. It is sad people are either so ignorant or just plain liars.

  8. Jeannette Harkin on February 13, 2016 at 12:35 am

    No one can argue with the fact that the Black Panthers are a hate group….they are just the opposite side of the KKK coin.

  9. Rasha on February 13, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Fox news seems to always find Blacks/ African Americans whom seem to hate their self; or at least can not relate to their own kind. I feel so sorry for this man/boy he seems to believe without researching.

  10. Ben A on February 15, 2016 at 11:42 am

    BRAINWASHED