The United States of America elected its first African American president in 2008, with the election of President Barack Obama and this was a monumental feat in the history of African Americans, in particular and entire United States in general. Moreover, some social and political pundits early on was suggesting that the election of President Obama represented a post-racial era (and it was being touted as the epitome of equality and social progress); and even some academicians had bought in the notion that America had transitioned into a new age relative to racial politics.
The Black Lives Matter Movement brought the issue of police brutality to national attention and I started to read and closely follow some of the recent events involving law enforcement and innocent unarmed black men being killed by law enforcement officers in various cities throughout America (of course these white racist police officers killing innocent black man had been going on for a very long time but it had been swept under the rug and it was police brutality that gave rise to the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in 1966), it led me to continue to believe that something was still wrong inside of America; racism once again was raising its ugly head in these various police brutality cases and if it were not for social media and citizens having the ability to capture these events in real time via Smartphone technology. Moreover, many of these police brutality cases would have never made it to the public attention and definitely would not have made it to a court of law. I am forever reminded by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who stated: ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’.
Rudolph “Rudy” Giuliani, a reactionary racist who was part of the internal conspiracy that led to the bombing of the World Trade Center and the restructuring of how the One World Government is being carried out today; he should have been charged with the mass murders of 3,000 human beings in the 9/11 hoax, a front man for Larry Silverstein and the Hidden Hand. Yet, this criminal walked away from this high level deception and crime unblemished. The former mayor of
I will say this, I do not think Beyoncé understands the political dynamics nor does she understand how the world works (naïve would be an understatement), but her husband Jay-Z does knows a lot about his history and culture and he himself, perhaps is either a closet member and/or sympathizer of the Nation of Gods and Earths (the Five Percenters). Nevertheless, by me understanding the political and theoretical values of this group whom at times have aligned and embraced black nationalist politics and ideologies, it was easy for me interpret where and how Beyoncé’s NFL Halftime show came about. Jay-Z was publically seen wearing the NGE medallion (and there is little doubt in my mind the Black Panther skit probably was orchestrated and came from the mind of her husband Jay-Z who is a lot more politicized than his wife Beyoncé).
Giuliani's type rhetoric is not only reactionary, but it permeates with the mood and present day era of the United States Patriot Act, National Defense Authorization Act and the Enemy Combatant laws (embodied in the long arm of Homeland Security). His reckless commentary stood as an assault on the First Amendment Right and it is meant to further expand the
I think we need to applaud Minister Louis Farrakhan (the
flamethrower who for over 60 years has been speaking truth to power) and the
Nation of Islam for vowing to protect and support Beyoncé as she performs
I can remember the United States Secret Service back in 1984 when Reverend Jesse Jackson ran a strong campaign for becoming president of the
In Monroe, North Carolina there was a bad brother in the 1950s and 1960s named Robert Williams (they eventually ran this brother out of North Carolina and was exiled to Cuba) and he was part of a black Christian organization called Deacon for Defense and he was the president of Monroe's chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)--he wrote a book titled, 'Black men with Guns". The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, the Black Stone Rangers, El-Rukhns, etc., all evolved as organizations who would become the vanguard of protecting and defending the black community, in particular against white supremacy attacks.
Thus, this precedent that America is attempting to set with the performer Beyoncé is a dangerous slippery slope in which she as an American citizen and artist should be protected by the United States Constitution under the First Amendment Right (freedom of speech and expression); every black college and black public school districts should be using this current event issue to teach and argue the rights of civil liberties and debate the constitutional rights of the First Amendment Right and get this young Hip Hop generation and culture excited about civics and pop culture (this should be an exciting time to be a student and teacher in the classroom); it becomes dangerous for the United States Government to attempt to censor and silence her for expressing her artistic creativity. The litmus test for free speech is not how we receive speech that we agree upon, but how do we act towards speech that we disagree on in which the United States Constitution and its Founder Fathers insured that all speech would be protected under the law regardless of the content? But what the powers-that-be is trying to do is covertly punish Beyoncé and simultaneously deter other social conscious black artist and entertainers from making political statements and force high profile black athletes and entertainers to be apolitical, because if they stand up for a political or social cause they might be publicly ostracized by the powers-that-be for standing up for justice and equality.
For example, Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson have both said some reactionary reprehensible things against Latinos (the largest non-white minority in the country), against Muslims (who are not involved in terrorism or militant radical Islam) and against African Americans but I have not heard the Fraternal Order of Police talk about removing their security teams from around supporting a racist and religious hate monger as Trump, but what about the oath they took to protect and serve, it did not mention anything about only serving those citizens whom we agree upon relative to their political viewpoints. Beyoncé is an artist and an entertainer and she was not the first artist or entertainer to take a controversial position for a cause that had political implications. I guess when I was listening to old school rap such as Public Enemy, KRS-One, Niggas With an Attitude (NWA), Poor Righteous Teachers, Brand Nubian, DJ Scott La Rock, etc., they perhaps would have been arrested because their lyrics and political genre was off the chain relative to militancy.
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