In case you missed it, Beyoncé’s Super Bowl 50 appearance was the most political performance in the history of the half time show.
Make no mistake, the performer put a great deal of effort to overtly send a message to the black community on the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther party.
Her all-black dance troupe wasn’t just clad in black outfits, every single dancer that walked onto the field with her was African American.
Dressed in sexy but militant style black outfits, topped with a black beret, the only thing the dancers were missing were Black Panther patches and they would have put a smile on Huey Newton’s face . . . if he had not been gunned down by a black drug dealer in 1989.
But Beyoncé wasn’t just going for style points; she was going for political points.
There is no mistaking the intent of her performance as the dancer’s took to social media celebrating their victory:
— BLM Bay area (@BLMBAYAREA) February 8, 2016
Aside from the outfits and actions off the field, the choreography included forming an “X” on the field as a shout out to Malcolm X along with the song itself, which is an ‘ode to the Black Lives Matter movement. The uproar over the performance was immediate led by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, but many from the black community weren’t having it:
So Beyoncé is racist because she didn’t have any white dancers? Please, educate yourself. Read a book perhaps. Reverse racism isn’t real.
— ️ (@goddessyonce) February 8, 2016
How is Beyonce racist, if racism is apparently not a thing anymore? Riddle me that, @WhitePeople.
— المثيرة للفوضى (@RomanKush) February 8, 2016
While the black community remains up in arms about the lack of black nominees at the Academy Awards – which is performance based – they fail to see the intentional racism in Beyoncé’s performance.
How the NFL could have missed this has football fans scratching their heads, with some even calling for the firing of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.