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.

However, a lot of black folks are celebrating Beyonce for accepting her blackness. If hot sauce in your purse is accepting your blackness, somebody get Stacy Dash some hot sauce.
Let’s get real folks. Beyonce is no more celebrating her blackness with the song Formation but she is simply selling a product. The product is the tour she announced during the Super Bowl. She told you to get in line and you did it.

She is not saying get in line and let’s march for justice. She is not saying get in line and let’s march for peace but she said get in line so I can make some more money.
What happened? She must have looked at Adele album sales and realized that her real support is coming from black folks. Well, they always come on back home. She's not the first and won't be the last.

Many black artists will damn near sell their souls to be accepted by the mainstream. Once they feel like they are accepted, they want to be anything "exotic" to make them feel more comfortable in their black skin. Only to realize that they were never accepted but merely tolerated.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with you 100%! I don't care for her or the song whatsoever. Not impressed...