When I watched Beyoncé’s Super Bowl performance on Sunday night, it didn’t cross my mind that she was in the midst of triggering a social media firestorm. I’m embarrassed to admit that in my pizza-and-wings-induced-haze, I didn’t even catch the Black Panthers reference, and I hadn’t yet seen the just-released video for Formation.
But whoaaaa! – a firestorm there was, as Beyoncé was both lambasted and applauded on television, on the internet, and in living room conversations. I wanted to know what the debate was all about, so I dug in, watching and reading and trying to understand. And learning, too. How did I miss the Black Panthers thing? What about that has people in such a tizzy? And why are some people still equating #BlackLivesMatter with being anti-police?
Then my friend Val Curtis, Editor-in-Chief at BonBon Break, asked if I would write a piece about it. So I pulled my thoughts together to share what I think white people can learn from Beyoncé’s performance and all that followed. Head on over to BonBon Break to read it!