Beyoncé raised a few eyebrows with her controversial halftime performance at the Super Bowl. Her new track “Formation” has been widely criticized as anti-police. In response, some law enforcement officers have pledged to boycott any requests to provide security for Beyoncé on her current world tour.
Indignant, a black nationalist group called The Fruit of Islam has pledged to provide security for the singer if the police will not. The Fruit, as they’re called, are the paramilitary wing of the Nation of Islam led by black racialist Louis Farrakhan.
From a certain perspective, all this is panning out as it should. Beyoncé has expressed herself freely, as have police in response. A private security option proves entirely appropriate under the circumstances. Of course, if anything happens at a Beyoncé concert that requires an official law enforcement response, the singer may wish she had been a bit more respectful.