Tomi Lahren, a conservative political commentator for The Blaze, made a controversial statement about Beyonce’s Superbowl performance.
She said a mouthful…and as someone who appeared to be passionate about her beliefs, Tomi also shed light on how clueless she really is. Before I go any further, watch the video below.
After watching this piece, I felt compelled to write an open letter to Ms. Lahren.
She might see it…she might not. Either way, my thoughts are for her and every non-black individual who shares similar ideologies.
Let me start with the fact that you have a right to your opinion. However, I’m convinced that your opinions proves how unintelligent you are, as well as insensitive to the problem with police killings in this country. You’ve opened your commentary with “first there was ‘hands up, don’t shoot'”, as if it’s some cute little line from a popular song or some cute little hashtag we’ve created on social media. The term comes from the chant of black protestors who are tired of seeing our young black men murdered by police. Michael Brown’s hands were up when they shot him dead. Tomi, you’ve basically mocked his killing in your opening. You’ve also mentioned “Black Lives Matter MORE”. The movement never calls for black lives mattering more than other lives. Black lives DEFINITELY matters. That doesn’t mean that other lives don’t! We have to remind ourselves and others of that DAILY, because for years we were told and treated that our lives didn’t.. Police brutality/killings, racism, stereotyping, and inequality that blacks struggle with TODAY still reflects that notion.
I’m not surprised at how you’ve mentioned a few black public figures in your commentary that are bold enough to speak out about social injustices and inequality from the urban neighborhoods to Hollywood. You call it “using their celebrity to ramrod aggressive agendas down your throats”! I call it being courageous enough to finally call y’all out on the bullshit!
In my opinion, You, Tomi, is a prime example of a person who will criticize things they don’t understand. I did my little research on you and upon my research, I’ve come to discover that you’re only 23-years-old. You’re a baby, so CLEARLY there’s a reason why you just don’t “get it”.
To be honest, I’ve never heard of you until I came across your video. My first impression of you is of a young woman who is oblivious to the fact that researching history is crucial for a journalist. You attack Beyoncé because her dancers possibly paid homage to the Black Panthers. The Black Panthers was a social organization that fought government oppression and a group that believed in peace, equality, and was about protecting ALL people. They’ve challenged police brutality, much of what we’re struggling with today! They’ve instituted many community programs, including one which offered children free breakfast. They’ve never promoted violence. Please, get your facts straight! You even attacked the woman’s husband by bringing up his past! What does Jay Z selling drugs in his past has to do with ANYTHING???? Are you saying Beyoncé can’t celebrate her blackness, express black pride, show solidarity with her black people, care about black lives and show “stop shooting us” spray-painted on a wall in her video, because her husband used to sell drugs? Girl, BYE!!!!
Another thing you fail to realize, Ms. Lahren, is a thing that we humans do…and it’s called evolve. Some people are capable of changing their lives for the better and Jay Z has done that.
Beyoncé SHOULD be proud of herself!
Because, she has shed light on people like you who find what she’s done offensive, all while giving one of the best half-time shows in SB history! It’s funny to me when black folks become REAL black, people who think like you get uncomfortable. No one has had a problem with Beyoncé from the first Destiny’s Child to Beyoncé’s self-titled album!
When ‘Formation’ hit and Beyoncé showed AWF her true black pride, she’s now anti-police and spreading hate…smh
I am so sick and tired of people who think like you, because you guys fail to realize that WE are and always have fought an uphill battle when it comes to getting respect in this country. From the city of Flint , which is primarily African-Americans, suffering from the water crisis to the struggle in Hollywood, gaining respect and fighting oppression is seemingly infeasible.
As far as Beyoncé dressing her dancers similar to the panthers to get attention….
Unless you’re living under a rock, you should already know, Beyoncé never needs attention. If my girl can drop a new unheard single and be able to perform that song 12 hours later at the biggest televised sports event, attention is the last thing Beyoncé has to work extra hard for.
As far as Beyoncé, President Obama, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Al Sharpton NOT letting America “heal”. Sweetheart, what they do is like putting hydrogen peroxide on a wound and dressing the wound with a band-aid. The band-aid gets snatched before the wound heals when we’re constantly having to fight for respect, our acknowledgment, our talents, our pride, our character, our families, and most importantly…our lives. We have to live on this earth like you, so we should be treated as you’re treated. The problem is WE [BLACK FOLKS] DON’T. You fail to see that, yet, you attack the people who make you aware of that, but you claim they’re not letting America heal!
If you want America to heal, talk to America’s police force. Talk to the politicians, talk to the shallow industry of Hollywood that don’t acknowledge the extremely wonderful talent that their African-American actors have.
It’s obvious to me that your problem is much deeper than what Beyoncé did for Superbowl Half-time. Tomi, at 23-years-old, you have a lot to learn about the seriousness of social inequality in this country. As a caucasian woman, you will NEVER understand how it is to be black in America. From a regular joe in the hood to Joe the entertainer in Hollywood, we will always have a hard time getting acknowledged and treated equally because of the color of our skin. How dare you question our boldness and attack our need to speak out about it. How dare you shame a black woman for expressing pride in her blackness. How dare you become offended! Beyoncé’s performance is not about anti anything!
Your entire commentary was full of gibberish and a waste of airtime. However, it did expose your unintelligence and the unintelligence of those who shares your views.
As much as I want to say EFF YOU AND YOUR PETTY ASS, BALDERDASH of comments, I will simply say keep whining about how offended you are, because we [Beyoncé, Jada, Al, President Obama, the people like me who’s wasted two minutes of our lives on your thought piece, and every black person who has to FIGHT every gotdamn day] gives zero fucks about your feelings. It’s becoming clear that we become a social threat when we have things to say. Sandra Bland spoke up and now she’s gone. Think about it! Your problem is much deeper than Beyonce. Your problem is your need to attack folks who fights for social justice and insinuate that those folks are “playing the victim”.
Who’s the real threat?
Us…or the ones we “offend”?