Beyoncé is receiving backlash after she released her pro-Black anthem, “Formation,” and paid tribute to the Black Panthers during her appearance in the Super Bowl halftime show, which was headlined by Coldplay. Many have drawn comparisons between Beyoncé and the anti-black extremist group Ku Kux Klan, saying that her views are anti-white. Even former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani slammed her for her performance and described it as an attack on U.S. police.
The issue with that is that Beyoncé is being held to a double standard and it’s because she is woman of color. The chilling truth is this: Americans are more supportive of LGBT social movements and feminist movements than they are of racial equality movements.
During the Super Bowl halftime show, Coldplay gave a nod to the LGBT community by displaying the message “Believe in Love” over a rainbow background. During their performance, a person was seen waving the gay pride flag as well. Coldplay received no backlash for their show of support to the community. In fact, their album sales skyrocketed and they topped the album charts in their home country following the event.
The difference between the reaction they’ve received for their nod to the LGBT and the backlash Beyoncé received for her nod to the Black Lives Matter movement is staggering when considering the demographics of both communities in the United States. According to the National Health Interview Survey, less than 3% of the U.S. population identifies themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual. In retrospect, 13.2% of the nation is African-American, according to the 2014 census, making them the largest racial minority in the nation.
In the past, Beyoncé has shown her support to the LGBT especially after the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015. Her support of feminism, however, is unmatched in the world of #Celebrities. Beyoncé built her career on songs like "Single Ladies," "Independent Women" and “Run The World,” that empower women to be equal to their male counterparts. No one batted an eye then. Beyoncé barely caused any controversy with her #Music, and when she did, it was never this large. Nowhere in “Formation” does Beyoncé target or bash white people.
The entire situation should raise questions about equality among the different minority groups. Why are some movements and communities supported more than others? Why is it that in every community, blacks are treated poorly compared to their white counterparts? Do people truly want equality or do they want privilege?
What everyone should know is this: To be pro-black does not mean to be anti-white. Saying that would be like saying that someone who's pro-abortion is anti-life. However, pro-abortionists are generally more interested in the quality of life rather than its quantity. Like so, black people just want to live the same quality of life that whites are afforded by our #Government.
People often preach about wanting equality, yet they pick and choose which social issues we want to talk about and which movements they want to support. You can't be a feminist or an LGBT activist if you don't support racial equality, because then you don't want equality, you want privilege. So if you’re boycotting Beyoncé, you’re the one that’s racist, not she.