Louis Farrakhan: If Police Don’t Offer Security At Beyonce’s Tour, The Nation Of Islam Will
Across the nation over the past week, police unions have been calling for a Beyonce-related boycott, saying that cops should refuse to work as off-duty security during her fast-selling Formation World Tour. So during a recent sermon, the leader of the Nation of Islam, Minister Louis Farrakhan, offered a solution that had people applauding.
“You’re going to picket? You’re not going to offer her police protection? But the [Fruit of Islam] will,” he said.
The Nation of Islam isn’t new to this sort of task. Last summer, members of the religious movement backed up rapper Jay Electronica when he performed at the Jay Z-featuring Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival.
Meanwhile, cops have been criticizing Beyonce because of her “Formation” video, which had a black boy dancer facing off a SWAT team to recall #BlackLivesMatter protests, and her Super Bowl 50 halftime performance, where her backup dancers dressed as Black Panthers.
“She made a statement and now law enforcement is making a statement,” said Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association in New York City, to CNN. “What’s clear is that no one in the country is trying to resolve the issues between communities of color and the distrust of law enforcement.”