Beyonce is the New Black: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Assimilation When Having Hot Sauce In Your Bag Ain’t Enough
“Sometimes people try to destroy you, precisely because they recognize your power, not because they don’t see it, but because they see it and they don’t want it to exist.”-bell hooks
Unless you live in a house with Keyshia Cole or Keri Hilson, with your curtains closed, while sitting in a dark corner, rocking back and forth like Miss Sophia sat in that jail til she near about done rot to death, every time Beyoncé’s name is mentioned, I am 100 percent certain that by now you have heard the song, seen the video and watched the beast Super Bowl performance to accompany Beyoncé’s “Formation”. Further, you are well aware that all 3 are about as Black as bacon grease in a coffee can on the back of your Big Mama’s stove.
Further, you are cognizant of the documented fact that Beyoncé gives no fucks and is completely and utterly out of time and effort to search for any to give. This time around, she is celebrating her Blackness and yours. Knowles-Carter is using her international platform to take society’s bullshit to task and to celebrate the beauty in concepts others disregard, such as showing love to the cultural cornucopia that is the Black LGBTQ community, the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party, bounce music, the genocide that is police brutality, the American tragedy and racially motivated embarrassment that was the response to Hurricane Katrina, Kelly Rowland’s original nose, kinky kitchens, Texas Pete in your clutch and my personal connections to the anthem….. collard greens and cornbreads, with an “S”, and post-coital excursions to Red Lobster for cheddar bay biscuits and king crab legs.
See? Bacon. Grease. Black.
To no surprise, the ghosts of Jim Crow past have reared their ugly heads and taken aim and yet another person of color who dares look their racist asses in the eyes and say No sir. Not me. Not today.
Regina George, Gretchen Weiners and the rest of the Mean Girls have decided to try to make fetch happen by proclaiming that Beyoncé’s message is anti-police, read anti-white, and a protest has been planned to boycott the NFL and Beyoncé. Although, the jury is still out on how exactly one boycotts the Christ child and expects to make it into the kingdom. There are even reports that a FBI probe into Knowles-Carter’s ties to the Black Panther Party has been requested by a lawmaker in Toronto ahead of NBA All Star Weekend. I mean….this is a torrential down pour of white tears the likes of which the world has never seen.
That in and of itself is not news, that’s just a regular ass Monday. But,what is absolutely shocking and telling is the target that has been placed in the crosshairs of the often unspoken respectability politics that are the relationship between white society and Black women…..