Michelle Rodriguez, Opinion Editor

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Social media teemed with tactless and vague comments aimed towards Beyoncé for her controversial Super Bowl halftime performance. The talented artist was accused of being racist, exclusive and threatening. Some people, such as Tomi Lahren, host of Glenn Beck’s The Blaze network, even went as far as to say that she was “Un-American”. They claimed she was “ripping off the historical Band-Aid” of racism.

A white lady who is in no way in the face of danger or oppression is complaining about an African-American black woman who was only trying to emphasize the importance of black lives. In no way did Beyoncé claim that black lives matter MORE. The message was, and is, and always will be, that black lives MATTER. Black…lives…matter.

Beyoncé used her art of songwriting and performance to represent and give a voice that embodies the population of her underrepresented and endangered people but according to Lahren, Beyoncé’s performance was “ramrodding an aggressive agenda down our throats, and using fame and entertainment value to do so.” Beyoncé is a famous socialite who used her starlet status to speak for those who are refused to be heard. If you are one of those people who refuse to acknowledge that this performance was a way to point out the ill doing towards blacks and the importance of their safeguarding, then you my friend need a lesson in history, empathy, and modern day life.

Yes, the performance targeted police authority, but that was only done so because the police are the very ones gunning down and murdering innocent black children and adults. Beyoncé did not threaten them personally. She expressed her feelings towards the heartless actions. In the end, the opinions of others cannot be changed or altered to fit what we personally want them to think.

My position stands. Beyoncé was not racist. Beyoncé was not Un-American. Her vocalization of the BLACK LIVES MATTER message was one that should have been praised and appreciated but unfortunately was twisted and manipulated into something else. Regardless of what was said she still remains as one of Americas biggest black influences. The illogical comments made by others will not halt her actions or phase her statements for change.

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