The leader who once told a Miami crowd to “stalk” and “kill” in the wake of police shootings of black males has offered to protect pop star Beyoncé now that Florida police officers are boycotting her concerts in light of her Black Power Super Bowl halftime performance.
Farrakhan was speaking Sunday in Detroit on the final day of the annual Nation of Islam’s convention when he mentioned Beyoncé, whose Super Bowl halftime show saluted the Black Panthers, a militant and violent group that advocated and conducted violence against police officers.
“She started talking all that black stuff … and white folks were like, ‘We don’t know how to deal with that,’” Farrakhan said. “Look at how you treatin’ Beyoncé now. You gonna picket. You not gonna offer her police protection. But the FOI (Fruit of Islam, the group’s security team) will.”
In July of 2015, during a Miami speech, Farrakhan had expressed his feelings on the subject of the police.
“If the federal government won’t intercede in our affairs, then we must rise up and kill those who kill us,” said Farrakhan on July 30th. “Stalk them and kill them and let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling!”
Last week, the Miami Fraternal Order of Police announced that it would boycott Beyoncé’s April 26th concert in Miami. The Miami action followed an instance in Tampa where police officers refused to sign up to provide security for Beyoncé’s upcoming concert there, which would have meant extra money for them.
“While Beyoncé physically saluted the 50th anniversary of the Black Panthers movement at the Super Bowl, I salute NYPD Officer Richard Rainey, who succumbed to his injuries … from being shot by two Black Panthers who he had pulled over in a traffic stop,” Miami FOP President Javier Ortiz said. Rainey was hit 14 times in the 1981 shooting, and died in 2015. His partner, Officer John Scarangella, was killed in the attack amid the hail of 28 shots fired by the attackers.