Mere hours before five officers were targeted and murdered for being white and wearing police uniforms during a Black Lives Matter protest held in Dallas, Texas, superstar Beyonce called on her followers to “fight against” America's supposedly racist police force and the current “war on colored people.”
The statement was posted on her website following the two police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota.
"We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities,” starts Beyonce.
“It is up to us to stake a stand and demand that they ‘Stop Killing Us,’” continues the racially-charged statement.
“We are going to stand up as a community and fight against anyone who believes that murder or any violent action by those who are sworn to protect us should consistently go unpunished,” she added, explicitly calling out cops and those who support them.
Continuing, she stated: "The war on people of color and all minorities needs to be over."
Beyonce went on to describe cops as “robbers of lives” and call the quasi-resistance a “fight” and, more broadly, a “human fight.”
The singer's post created a big media stir, being praised by the usual media suspects. For instance, USA Today called the statement “powerful” and Vanity Fair praised Beyonce for saying “what needs to be said.”
Of course, Beyonce’s rebuke of the police force was not based on evidence. There is no evidence of racial animus motivating the tragic police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge or Philando Castile in Falcon Heights. It’s still not entirely clear if the officers involved in either case are even culpable of any wrongdoing. The facts and hard evidence have yet to come out; forthcoming information may implicate or exculpate the officers involved in either incident.
In any case, Beyonce, being Beyonce, threw some racial fuel on the fire—much like her Black Panthers Super Bowl halftime tribute.
Let’s hope that the extremely influential singer comes out today with a statement condemning the racial attack carried out by a black man who hunted down and murdered white cops.