On D-day, June 6, Madison McFerrin, the daughter of the well-known vocal sensation Bobby McFerrin, sang the National Anthem at Wrigley Field. After her rendition, she lifted her fist in the air in the well-known “black power” salute used by violent, extremist black supremacy groups like the Black Panthers.
Sis just sang the national anthem at the Cubs game rockin’ an afro and threw up the raised fist at the end. I LOVE IT!
— Toni Storm’s Cakes (@Jade2thaMax) June 6, 2019
The singer apparently is known for doing this and is also not shy about declaring that everyone who doesn’t agree with her political views is a “Nazi.”
Clueless as to what hateful speech looks like, she exclaims, “We will not be brought down by hate and bigotry” in an Instagram post while calling people who like Trump “Nazis.” The argument could be made that using the hand signal popularized by cop killers to promote civil unrest isn’t exactly loving thy neighbor.
A website called Black Power in American Memory explains the connections between the black power salute and the Black Panthers:
While the fist gesture is not exclusive to the Black Panther Party, which it has famously been associated with, its use by this black nationalist group allowed it to reach a level of ubiquity with which few other gestures can compete. Pictures and video footage of members of the Black Panther Party saluting one another with the raised fist at rallies, conventions, and meetings circulated rapidly in the sixties, leaving no doubt as to what the symbol meant to those individuals. The fist, in conjunction with certain hairstyles, clothing items, and styles of music, contributed to the rise of an aesthetic that was exclusive to the black power movement and those who supported it.
The Black Panther Party (BPP) is a black extremist organization founded in Oakland, California in 1966. It advocated the use of violence and guerilla tactics to overthrow the U.S. government. In 1969, the FBI’s Charlotte Field Office opened an investigative file on the BPP to track its militant activities, income, and expenses.” Declassified FBI files reveal that the Panthers were indicted for many crimes including plotting to bomb department stores, attempting to buy illegal guns like machine guns, and were implicated in killing as many as 35 police officers with the Weather Underground and the Black Liberation Army.
Normally, no one would care, but Wrigley Field has set a standard now that offensive hand signals associated with racial unrest of any kind are not tolerated by the Cubs. A fan who was seen making an “okay” symbol behind the head of a broadcaster was banned from the park for life. The okay symbol is not a racist symbol of any kind and was, in fact, an elaborate hoax played on the media by anons at 4chan to see if they could get CNN to report that the pedestrian symbol was tied to white power. They succeeded wildly, proving that the media are dumber than rocks.
— Defendorlando (@defendorlando1) May 29, 2019
— retard (@someguynamedT) June 2, 2019
The raised fist, on the other hand, is a well-known hand gesture tied to violent murderers with significant ties to black supremacy groups. Will the Cubs condemn or condone its use on their pristine, racially-sensitive field?
Fans have noticed the double standard — and the poor vocal performance by McFerrin:
Black power sign at end of national anthem by singer at cub game???
— kman (@Khak4) June 6, 2019
— Ed Mulholland (@muls96) June 8, 2016
— Mike Speaks Loudly (@nycmikewp) June 8, 2016
PJ Media reached out to the Cubs for a statement. As of publishing time, there was no response. We will update if that changes.
Megan Fox is the author of “Believe Evidence; The Death of Due Process from Salome to #MeToo.” Follow on Twitter @MeganFoxWriter