Statement From Stop Mass Incarceration Network NYC
Indict, Convict, Send the Killer cops to Jail
The Whole Damn System is Gulty As Hell
How dare defenders of police terror and brutality call a rally to denounce Beyoncé’s NFL Super Bowl halftime performance? If you saw the halftime program during the Super Bowl, you know that the celebrated pop artist and singer Beyoncé stole the show with her performance. She and her crew were dressed to evoke the image of the Black Panther Party and recalled the memory of Malcom X with a giant X on the football field. This has provoked a firestorm of vitriol and attacks from the National Association of Police Organizations, former New York Mayor Rudolf Guiulani and others who give impunity to the police when they kill Black and Latino people.
The National Association of Police Organizations wrote to the NFL commissioner, "Last night’s half-time performance by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter hit an all-time low, even for a League that already turned a blind eye to its players perpetuating the 'hands up, don’t shoot' blood libel on American police.” and "You’ve done your part to make trendy and acceptable the symbols of kidnapping and murder of American police officers.” Of Beyonce’s performance, Giuliani fumed, "I thought that she used it as a platform to attack police officers…”
What are they talking about? Last year 1,100 were killed by law enforcement in the U.S. versus 39 police officers killed by gunfire. What’s the real problem?! Is the problem the NFL players doing “Hand Up Don’t Shoot!” or that police routinely murder people who have their hands up like Michael Brown? People like Giulliani and others who defend genocidal, epidemic killing of unarmed innocent civilians - mainly Black and brown are saying: The police can kill with impunity and you do not have a right to protest that.” They are scared and threatened when major cultural figures take moral stands against police terror and violence that is going on in this country.
Police unions in New York and across the country attacked and threatened Quentin Tarantino when he said “I have to call the murdered the murdered and the murders the murderers…” on October 24, 2015 at the rally for “#RiseUpOcotober - Stop Police Terror! Which Side Are You On?” In Beyoncé’s music video, “Formation” released just before the Super Bowl, one scene shows a line of cops in riot gear and the scene shifts to graffiti that says “Stop Shooting Us”. These cultural figures have big followings, and tens of millions of pay attention to what they say and do, and these mouthpieces for this system cannot tolerate this. We have an obligation to stand with them, and turn inspire others to the the same by bringing the reality of police terror to greater numbers of people. Which Side Are You on?
At a time when people have been rising up against he genocidal tide of police terror and mass incarceration in ways we haven’t seen since the 60’s, backwards, racist reactionaries like Rudolf Giuliani, various national police organizations have unleashed a torrent of abuse attacking Beyoncé and accusing her of “cop killer entertainment”.
No! The problem is people murdered by police with impunity. People can’t allow the supporters of police terror and brutality to get away with attacking and trying to intimidate prominent people when they speak out against police brutality.
Join the Stop Mass Incarceration Network in supporting Beyoncé on her Formation world tour and take out the message that Police Terror Must Stop .
Rise Up! Stop Police Terror Which Side Are You On?