Monday, February 8, 2016

Beyonce – Formation: You Should Be Offended

Police officers are offended, white folks are offended but black folks should really be offended. How so? My blackness is not defined by afro’s, wide noses, or food. Think about it, really think about it. To justify her blackness (which was never needed, everybody knew but maybe she forgot) she used some basic stereotypes. She’s a down sista because she carries hot sauce in her purse?

I live each day of my life as a black man and I never feel the need to prove my blackness. I am black just like I am a man. It’s all natural baby! I don’t care for spicy food, chitterlings are absolutely disgusting, and I don’t like grits but I’m still black. How offended would you be if a white artist said they carry hot sauce in their purse therefore they can relate to your blackness? Black Twitter would be all over that, calling for Rev. Al Sharpton, Minister Farrakhan, and Rev. Jesse Jackson. Black folks would be invoking the names of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X. Calling on Walmart, Target, and K Mart to stop selling their music.