Fantasia has found herself on the receiving end of a firestorm after it was announced that she’d be headlining an ‘All Lives Matter’ concert.
Initially set to be staged in her hometown of Charlotte yesterday, the gig has been postponed until next week for reasons unknown.
But the furore surrounding her involvement remains a very present problem.
Particularly in the current climate, with the advent of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ initiative; which itself was born out the continued injustices against Black people in the US and across the world.
Feeling the heat, Fantasia took to Facebook to defend herself. View the her video statement below…
Together with her husband Kendall Taylor, the singer asserted that all lives do matter – citing religion and the fact she has biracial nieces and nephews…
We love Ms. Barrino, but feel it important that folk understand that not all critique is “hating.”
It goes without saying that everyone’s life does matter and should hold equal value. However, context is everything. As such, it’s difficult to divorce the “All Lives Matter” statement from the reality that it’s more often than not used as a counteracting argument to any mention of “Black Lives Matter.”
Almost as if those who cling to it are, at a granular level, offended by the notion of Black people asserting that their lives matter…too. Not more, but “too.”
It’s sad, as the BLM movement is subscribed to by members of many races who together unite to bring about unity.
Hence, in view of this, it’s more than apparent why it’s problematic for such a prominent R&B performer to not “get” any of the aforementioned.
Perhaps she does but her views are different? Who knows. What is certain, though, is that we’re all entitled to our own opinion. It’ll be interesting to see if hers stays the same after she rides this wave of rage she’s receiving.
Anyway, here’s the poster in question…