Beyoncé’s racist Super Bowl halftime wasn’t too well received by many in the nation, especially those in law enforcement, who perceived it as anti-police. So one fed up cop took to Facebook to express his frustration, and he was almost immediately hit with bad news after.
As you’re probably all aware, Beyoncé took to the stage dressed as members from the infamous hate group, the Black Panther Party, which is perceived as a terrorist organization by many, and outrage ensued. One such outraged American is a Detroit police sergeant, who posted a damning, but absolutely fair comparison about the show on his Facebook page, according to WJBK.
The caption of the photo depicting Beyoncé’s dance troupe over a picture of the KKK reads:
“If the dance troupe at the top is okay for this year’s half-time show, then the one at a bottom should be okay for next year, right?”
Now keep in mind, the officer wasn’t exactly saying that the KKK should be a part of next year’s performance; he was merely highlighting the double standard that exists. Unfortunately, he soon learned that even mentioning the KKK, regardless of context, isn’t acceptable in his town, and sheer outrage quickly followed.
How much outrage, you ask? Well, citing the fact that Detroit is comprised of more than 80 percent black people, the department’s chief blasted the post and launched an internal investigation into the matter.
“I received calls indirect and direct from employees throughout the organization troubled by it,” Chief of Police James Craig said. “Certainly this does not and shouldn’t represent our police officers.”
He continued, “We work in a city that’s certainly well over 80 percent African-American and to post something that has to do with a hate group like the Ku Klux Klan is problematic.”
Problematic, he says? What about the violent and racist legacy left behind by the Black Panther Party, isn’t that “problematic?”
As Debbie Schlussel wrote back in 2006 when the hate group marked its 40th Anniversary:
It’s been a long 40 years under the Panthers reign of terror in America. The Black Panthers’ 40 years has been marked by violence, murder, cop-killing, anti-Semitism, anti-White racism, pan-Islamism and a host of other things that are no good for any free and democratic society.
She noted that a good number of the group’s members went on to become extremist Muslims, such as convicted cop killer Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, AKA: H. Rap Brown, who bragged that “violence is as American as cherry pie,” and murdered a sheriff’s deputy before wounding another in 2000. The group was also known for highly offensive anti-white propaganda, created and published by Emory Douglas.
According to BOMB Magazine:
Throughout the late ’60s and ’70s, Douglas created posters and prints for reproduction in the Black Panther, all of which depicted the message of the movement. He positioned white establishment politicians as rats or devils or dismembered or killed, and black men and women and children toting machine guns with defiant fists raised, calling for the overthrow of a repressive sociopolitical paradigm. The message was a call to arms, maybe the last true propaganda art in this country.
“Problematic,” Chief Craig? You’re right, Beyoncé honoring such a hate-filled and racist organization is undoubtedly a problem, and the fact that you’re about to punish one of your officers for calling attention to it is an even bigger problem.
Here’s an idea – instead of attacking one of your own for calling out a double standard, why don’t you support his Constitutional rights? Oh that’s right, the 80 percent black majority in your city would have a fit, wouldn’t they?