Nation of Islam Steps Forward to Protect Beyoncé

Minister Louis Farrakhan mentioned the promise in a new sermon.

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Following the release of her most political video yet and Black Panther-referencing performance at the Super Bowl, Beyoncé has faced criticism from police who believe her new song is an attack on them. The Miami Police Union has threatened to boycott her upcoming concert in the area, and one non-police-affiliated group attempted to protest her Super Bowl appearance (though the event was mostly attended by Black Lives Matter supporters). Now Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan has offered Beyoncé security provided by the Fruit of Islam, the Nation of Islam's paramilitary branch, should local police follow through on their threats not to work the Queen's shows. 

"She started talking that black stuff, and white folks said, 'We don't know how to deal with that,'" the minister said in a sermon in Detroit on Sunday. "But when one of us shows some independence, look at how you treating Beyoncé now. You gonna picket. You not gonna offer her police protection? But the N.O.I. will." He also mentioned former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who said she used her Super Bowl show as "a platform to attack police officers." Beyoncé has not yet responded to Farrakhan's offer.

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