Breitbart reports that Nation of Islam firebrand Louis Farrakhan has vowed to provide protection to superstar singer Beyoncé after at least one police union pledged to boycott her in the wake of her Black Panthers-inspired Super Bowl halftime show earlier this month.
Last week, the Miami Fraternal Order of Police announced it would boycott the singer’s April 26 concert in the city. In a statement, Miami FOP President Javier Ortiz addressed Beyonce's controversial show, which has been slammed as anti-cop and pro-Black Lives Matter:
“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 on February 16, 2016 from being shot by two Black Panthers who he had pulled over in a traffic stop."
This came after news that local Tampa Bay police officers had refused to sign up to provide security for Beyoncé’s upcoming concert there.
In a two-and-a-half-hour sermon delivered in Detroit Sunday on the last day of the Nation of Islam’s annual convention, Farrakhan reportedly drew loud cheers from a packed audience at the Joe Louis Arena when he defended Beyoncé:
“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.”
Later in the rambling sermon, Farrakhan described himself as “the freest black man in the world”:
“I don’t answer to no cracker. I don’t answer to no Mecca or Medina or Rome…I’m a free black man. I’m free because they can’t buy me.”