When I was around 7 or 8, we had a school project where we were to choose a historical figure to dress up as and write a little book report. I promptly went home that day and told my mom.
The day the project was due, I put my report that my mother helped me with in my book bag and got dressed. I put on my black pants, black turtle neck, black beret, and black shoes.
“What am I supposed to be again, mommy?” I asked, even though she clearly explained it several times already.
“You are a member of the Black Panther Party. When you read your report, hold your fist like this at the end” she said, firmly raising her tucked fingers in the air.
Now, about 2 decades later, Beyonce’s team had the same idea as my mom did for my school project. To show up on the main stage, for the world to see, and display your black pride loud and unapologetically.
But, only days after the Super Bowl, white folk are having nervous breakdowns across the country. Crying, weeping, outraged, throwing themselves on the floor into a full blown tantrum that BEYONCE, of all people, would show up to the Super Bowl and display her blackness so blatantly.
Here are a few questions I have for the sad white people and their outrage:
- Why does black pride scare you so much? Do you fear our potential? Our intelligence? That we could take anything that we want?
- Are you as outraged by the use of the Confederate flag in concerts and videos?
- Does every single thing have to include you, otherwise you will cry?
- Do you, at all, know the history of the BPP?
- If you want to get into formation so damn bad, (and we all know that is the real reason you’re mad) why not tell Taylor Swift or Miley to help you out?
- Was this display of black power too harsh for Grandma Esther? I guess the displays of Jim Crow in the 50’s and 60’s wasn’t. ::shrugs::
- Why do you just lump all cops together as the enemy when anyone talks about police brutality? Hmm? I mean, if you even glance at history, you have to see where the distrust comes from between the black community and law enforcement.
- I know I have seen some people critique the fact that she had all black dancers. Get a load of that… all black dancers. Do the angry white people feel like they weren’t represented? Wonder what that feels like.
- Do you have FOMO?
I know the angry white people are wondering why can’t we have something that isn’t about race. Why can’t we just enjoy a good ol’ wholesome football game. Well, for some citizens of this country, race is always in our face, a part of the conversation.