Beyonce’s Collaboration with Washington and her Ascendency into the Black Misleadership Class – Published on Dissident Voice, by Danny Haiphong, March 11, 2014.
This month is “Women’s History Month”, but what exactly is the importance of shedding light on the oppression of women under US/Western imperialism? If we understand the oppression of women as a necessary precondition of patriarchy, racism, and class exploitation inherent in the “Western way of life”, than it is untenable to imagine a world free of sexism without a world free of racism and class exploitation as well. In this period, the US corporate media has mass advertised a mainstream “feminism” that promotes collaboration with the US ruling order. In recent years, the American corporate ruling class has anointed Beyonce into the Black misleadership class and assigned her the leading role to spread this dangerous idea.
In just a little more than a year, Beyonce has become an iconic symbol of corporate feminism. Her 2011 song “run the world (girls)” resonated with many people in this country who have wrongly been taught that women’s liberation is defined by the equal access in running the affairs of the US capitalist system with their male counterparts. Beyonce has been to the White House many times to hang out with the Obama family, scoring numerous photo-ops with the imperial presidency alongside her husband, Jay-Z. Last year, the couple was given a special State Department visa to travel to Cuba at the same time exiled Black revolutionary Assata Shakur had her bounty increased to 2 million dollars by the FBI. Beyonce and Jay-Z gave the Obama Administration political cover for its assault on Black revolutionary politics and its imperialist chess match against Cuba, the economically sanctioned socialist country where Assata Shakur has lived since 1984. This debacle was a clear signal that artists like Beyonce are not only co-signers of white imperialist objectives, but also active participants in them as well … //
… What is truly unfortunate is that Beyonce and Condeleezza’s campaign to #banbossy will receive more attention than revolutionary leaders such as Assata Shakur, Shirley Graham Du Bois, Claudia Jones, and Harriet Tubman. These are just a few of the many women who led revolutionary movements to end slavery, racism, patriarchy, and the capitalist system that requires each to thrive. Our task today is to fight to keep the memory of heroic, revolutionary women alive and struggle to develop an organizational basis for women’s liberation that fights back against their erasure from historical memory. This would go a long way in rejecting Beyonce’s brand of corporate feminism.
Before being assassinated by a covert French imperial coup, President Thomas Sankara of Burkina Faso said that “the revolution and women’s liberation go together. We do not talk of women’s emancipation as an act of charity or because of a surge of compassion. It is a basic necessity for the triumph of the revolution.” Beyonce has no interest in a revolutionary movement to overturn imperialism and institute a new political economy that meets the human needs of women in general and Black women in particular. Her brand of feminism is one that promotes the privilege of black misleaders like her to have a seat at the table of US imperialist affairs. Our goal must be to take over the table and unseat all of its rulers and collaborators.
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Snowden accuses Senate Intelligence Committee chair of hypocrisy, on Russia Today RT, March 11, 2014;
A Science of Economies? on Real-World Economics Review Blog, by Geoff Davies, March 10, 2014;
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Isiolo on Google Images-search.