Beyonce gets political at the Super Bowl: Singer performs ‘Black Lives Matter rallying cry’ – as her dancers dress as Black Panthers, paying tribute to Malcolm X and demanding justice for Mario Williams, shot dead by cops
|Tommie and John at Mexico complete with black gloves|
Beyonce issued a strong political statement with her halftime show at Super Bowl 50 with backing dancers dressed as members of armed rights group the Black Panthers which is the political arm of the nation of Islam or Black Muslims.
Mrs Carter brought the dancers on for her new single Formation which is a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement. Att one point during the song, the supporting performers formed an ‘X’ on the field – obviously for the slain Malcolm X – and then raised their arms in the air in a gesture referencing the black power salute by Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. (pic attached)
The raised clenched fist, was used as a logo by the Industrial Workers of the World (a Marxist US labour union) in 1917 formed by Eugene Debs, Daniel De Leon & Mother Jones. The graphic symbol was created in Taller de Gráfica Popular, a print shop in Mexico that used art to advance revolutionary social causes.
As for the term “Black Muslim” was that coined by Malcolm X and Louis Farrakhan for their Nation of Islam that started back in Chicago. Despite the name, there is no difference in Islam between any race, color or creed. The verse of the Qur’an unequivocally says
“Oh people we have created you from a male and female and we made you into tribes and nations so that you may recognize. Verily the most noble among you by ALLAH SWT are those who are Pious/God fearing.”
Allah SWT is an abbreviation of the Arabic Subhana wa t’ala, “Glorified and Exalted is He. ”