To the Editor:

American pop singer Beyonce brought a radical version of black liberation politics to the national stage during ABC TV's Super Bowl halftime show in February; along with a troup of dancers wearing Black Panther berets. At one point they raised their clenched fists in a black power salute; later they formed a giant "X," apparently in tribute to the late radical black activist Muslim Malcom X.

The Black Panther party was a black nationalist/revolutionary Marxist organization, active in the US from 1966-1982. Its core practice was dispatching armed citizen patrols to confront local police officers. Between 1967 and 1970, nine police officers were killed and 56 were wounded in Panther-related altercations. The movement became (in)famous for its anti-police changts, shouting "the revolution has come; it's time to pick up the guns and 'off the pigs', (obviously the forerunner to the chants of the current Black Lives Matter movement; which includes "pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon.")

Beyonce and husband "Jay-Z" have deliberately linked their names with the current anti-police rhetoric of their Panther forebearers. This Movement is founded on the false premise (disinformation) that racist caucasian policement selectively target 'innocent' Afro-American criminals and kill them. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) however, in 2013, police killed 140 blacks and 386 whites. Adjusted for the homicide rate, whites are 1.7 times more likely than blacks to die at the hands of police. FBI statistics show that from 2004-2013, 43 percent of individuals who shot and killed police were Afro-Americans; who make up merely 13 percent of the national population, yet commit 38 percent of all homicides.

According to Holy Writ, "The powers that be are ordained of God; and do not bear the sword in vain."

Wendell E. Carr

Ottumwa

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