Ever since Beyoncé hit the Super Bowl halftime stage and performed “Formation,” some folks have been in their feelings.

First there were the people threatening a boycott, then some haters organized an “anti-Beyoncé rally,” and finally there were the talking heads that said the singer’s homage to the Black Panther Party was as bad as a KKK rally.

The whole thing has been downright ridiculous, but singer SZA perfectly summed up the hypocrisy of those shedding hot white tears.

Indeed, Trump just celebrated at the New Hampshire primary and is the leading candidate in the GOP presidential race despite–or perhaps because of–his extreme views on Muslims and undocumented immigrants. While he’s been celebrated for his “straight talk” and “tell it like it is” stance, Beyoncé’s been vilified for finally showing a little primetime love to Black folk.

Our take? They can stay made and while we enjoy this moment.

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  • Adebisi’s Hat

    There’s nothing more threatening to white people than Black folks showing pride in their Blackness. I’ve said it here before, but because white supremacy is literally predicated on the dehumanization of POC, white people cannot fathom Black Pride without the similar dehumanization of white folks. This is their irrational fear of losing the privileges they’ve stolen from others talking, and we all know what happens when white people get scared…

    • Jo ‘Mama’ Besser

      The types of people up in arms about it are afraid that black people want to give back what abuse they’ve received, which has never been the goal. They’re so mired in their own fear that they can’t see that Black Unity is just that.

    • Adebisi’s Hat

      Yup, they assume we want to seek retribution for all the wrongs they visit on us because that’s what they would do – and because they know it’s so richly deserved. Lucky for them that many of us have always known our own worth. White folks think we spend all our time thinking about them, but if they knew how little we care (outside of wanting to be left alone by them), they’d be even more complexed than they already are.

  • reverse echo

    At the root of this I feel that people really don’t know what the Panthers were about – even people on Beyonce’s side and probably Bey herself (beyond the fist and the berets).
    A comprehensive Black Panther documentary just came out on PBS, and a “Black Panther” Marvel superhero movie is coming out. Guess which one most Americans will see?

  • Chazz A

    Black independence, black empowerment and black pride are now and have always been key elements in the fear among white racists. That fear is infested with a vile hatred and ignorance that has been passed down generation after generation from their ancestors.
    Most of the racist backlash has little to do with Beyonce and more to do with the constant fear of whites losing their “undeserved privilege” and the prevalent “global browning”.
    As for the BPP, whites can take a big step towards improving their racist ignorance by watching “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” on February 16 PBS, instead of allowing themselves to be spoon-fed by racist soundbites, tweets, MEMES,blogs or any other social-media garbage.
    Huey Newton earned a Ph D in Social Science, he was not a militant thug running around beating up whites, another online lie. The BPP’s mission was to serve the people.
    The late Mr David Brothers organized a BPP branch in my neighborhood in the late 60s. Although I was a kid, I remember my parents would help provide services for the elderly and children at our branch in BK as well as the branch up in Harlem. I remember the brothers patrolling our block, walking women home at night and protecting us against anyone that came into the neighborhood, starting trouble, including the NYPD! And sadly after Hoover’s COINTELPRO destroyed the BPP, drugs and illegal guns were allowed to flood inner city neighborhoods all over the country, from Nixon’s administration to Obama’s.
    Out of all the BS online about the backlash, the most ridiculous thing I’ve read is a comparison of the BPP to the KKK. Anybody that believes this is either stupid or in extreme denial! For the record, the BPP was not created as a racist group. It was a Nationalist organization, created by black people, for the liberation of black people in this country.
    The Klan is a racist terror group created to uphold the system of white supremacy under the guise of Christianity. There is no comparison. I doubt racist whites want to know the truth. They will continue to drown in blissful ignorance.

    • Also, this year will be the 45th year anniversary of the rebellion in Attica. The rebellion involvded prisoners fighting for their human rights and then being suppressed by cops using tear gas, assaults, and murder by the cops. Rockefeller and Nixon were complicit in the brutal treatment of the Attica prisoners.

    • Chazz A

      You’re right. There was a documentary on the uprising filmed in the mid 70s, hopefully someone posted it on youtube.
      Attica was run under a brutal, dictatorship and corruption was rampant. There were extreme cases of brutality committed against black men, especially during the BPP era.

    • You’re correct. It was before my time. I saw the Eyes on the Prize documentary about Attica during the 1990’s. One of the reasons why they rebelled in Attica was after the murder of George Jackson after he was shot in his back. After he was murdered, the prisoners in Attica fasted in protest. Then, the rebellion happened and the prisoners offered up legitimate grievances, but Rockefeller rejected it. Recently, documents recently revealed more abuse that the prisoners suffered back then. The BPP era was filled with repression and record amount of the abuse of prisoners.

    • Chazz A

      Yes. Rockefeller upheld white supremacy by his divisive tactics and his commitment to the white correction officers to brutally assault the so-called black militants at will.
      A lot of the brothers were imprisoned on trumped up charges and their affiliation with black organizations.
      My father has many stories from that era and how the black man’s revolutionary spirit was under constant attack out of extreme fear. The Nixon administration systematically dismantled black upward mobility.