Sorry for being so late chiming in on this. Believe it or not, I actually didn’t watch the Super Bowl halftime show until Thursday, because, well, I couldn’t bring myself to care.
However, there seems to be quite some hoopla over Beyonce’s bit, so I checked it out on youtube.com.
While I didn’t see it as much the protest, “Black Lives Matter”-like hollering and posturing as many have, I can see how it could be construed that way. It mostly was the boring lip sync yawnfest I come to expect from halftime shows.
I did note the way the backup dancers were dressed, and that’s a pause that concerns. It’s never a good sign to evoke, much less pay homage to a terrorist group of the likes of the Black Panther Party.
The country that is paying attention to this is coming down in its typical two sides — those that think her performance was fierce and those who took exception to the digs she took at the police, shootings, and the white population of the country in general.
It’s usually a bad idea to insult the people who are providing you with protection, at the very least; about eight police officers had been detailed for her protection during the event.
But mostly, and I can’t stress this enough, all it accomplished was worsening the divide between races, and all for cheap ratings and 15 minutes of adoration and fame.
It shows that no matter what white people can and will do to atone for prejudices old and new, it will amount to nothing in the eyes of the African-American community. There have even been stories about comedian Chris Rock saying that the white people of today have to take ownership of the crimes of our forefathers.
In some racial navel-gazing, I wonder what would happen if, say, a white performer would come out on the field, surrounded by dancers wearing white sheets and hoods, or the uniforms of the Schutzstaffel; or even more ridiculously, say, a Haitian performer wearing the uniform of Idi Amin; or say Cossack dancers wearing the green wool of the KGB and spelling out the name of Lavrentiy Beria.
Whatever the Black Panther party may have been in the past, it serves as muscle for perceived racial slights. The fear it was responsible for causing during the 2012 and 2014 elections was pretty palpable.
And just like other examples, which may or may not have had their starts in good intentions, it has since lost that direction and instead symbolizes the worst examples of the group.
Either we embrace a new way of thinking, and look for the best in people instead of continuously complaining about the worst, no matter how far removed to the past, or we instead continue pointing out the faults and increasing the divide between races.
If we can’t, then we must abide by the equal time rule of the Communications Act of 1934, and provide time for everyone. So if a bevy of Dodge Chargers want to create a formation of the Confederate Flag, or if Christians require films on creationism be shown alongside “Jurassic Park” movies, so be it.
After all, it’s only fair.