Socialist Worker

Bernie and Beyoncé

Issue No. 2490

Beyoncé (to the left) performed at the Superbowl half time show

Over 100 million people saw Beyoncé (to the left) perform at the Superbowl half time show (Pic: Flickr.com/JanetAndPhil)


One of the biggest sporting events in the world was dominated by a musical tribute to an armed revolutionary group last week.

The Black Panther Party led an inspiring fight against racism, imperialism and capitalism.

And more than 100 million people saw superstar Beyoncé perform her new single Formation in costumes based on their uniform at the US Superbowl.

Afterwards some of her backing dancers posed with signs demanding justice for Mario Woods, a black man shot dead by US police.

Formation was released the day after what would have been the 21st birthday of Trayvon Martin, a black teen whose white killer was cleared of murder.

Its video draws attention to police killings. A “boycott” by cops only looks set to make it an even bigger hit.

One lesson to draw from this is that capitalism tries to commodify anything—even struggles against it.

But it also reveals something changing in the US.

Beyoncé’s performance comes after Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter and the outrage at the mass poisoning of Flint, Michigan.

The US is a country where socialism is meant to be a dirty word.

Yet it is seeing a surge in support for Bernie Sanders—a presidential candidate who calls himself a socialist.


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