Western Journalism has extensively reported on Super Bowl 50’s controversial half-time show. Beyonce’s backup dancers were clad in Black Panther Party style clothing, even pictured with clinched fists raised after the show. The show contained lyrics from Beyonce’s song, Formation, which has a controversial accompanying music video depicting police as white aggressors standing against the black community. One message written on a wall of the music video reads, “Stop shooting us.”
A Black Christian minister, Jonathan Gentry, criticized Beyonce for adhering to a double standard. He said if another group had used the half-time show to promote racial separatism, the black community would be up in arms, calling the president, and protesting in the streets.
Now, one Detroit police officer, a sergeant, is under investigation for posting an image, reflecting what many were already saying about the halftime show. The image was posted to the unnamed sergeant’s Facebook page. The image is a split image with Beyonce’s Black Panther Party clad dancers on top and the Ku Klux Klan on the bottom. A caption reads, “If the dance troupe at the top is okay for this year’s half-time show, then the one at a bottom should be okay for next year, right?”
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It is unclear, at this point in the investigation who the sergeant is, if he will comment on the investigation, or if he will sue the city for violating his civil rights to free speech should any disciplinary action be taken against him.