Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has offered to provide security services at Beyoncé’s concerts after some police departments threatened a boycott over her controversial “Formation” video.
During a sermon Sunday in Detroit, Farrakhan said, “Look at how you treatin’ Beyoncé now. You gonna picket. You not gonna offer her police protection. But the FOI [Fruit of Islam, the Nation of Islam’s security sector] will.”
The controversial leader blasted critics, saying, “She started talking all that Black stuff … and White folks were like, ‘We don’t know how to deal with that.’”
He also urged the hip-hop community to speak out against racial injustice, singling out Kendrick Lamar and proposing, “Say what you feel. Put it out there!”
Watch Roland Martin and the NewsOne Now panel discuss Min. Louis Farrakhan’s offer to provide security for Beyonce if police officers won’t in the video clip below.
The backlash against Beyoncé began after her Super Bowl 50 performance where she was wearing Black Panther garb, and things got even worse when people thought she was spewing anti-cop rhetoric in her latest hit.
Police unions in Miami, Tampa, and Nashville are either boycotting Beyonce’s Formation World Tour, or asking officers not to volunteer to work at her performances, reports ABC 11.
The police union in Raleigh, North Carolina is scheduled to vote on a boycott Tuesday, reports the television news outlet:
“Officers of all different races and walks of life found her stance deplorable,” said Raleigh Police Association Board President Rick Armstrong.
“I come from a police family, law enforcement family, so yeah I agree,” said Erwin resident Caren Gallant. “I hope that happens, they get a boycott. And I’m trying to spread that on Facebook too.”
Beyoncé is scheduled to perform May 3 at Raleigh’s Carter-Finley Stadium.
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