Just blame the Black girl: Beyanarchists and the misplaced fight against capitalism

…the fuck is this.
  1. They’re the first to criticize rich Black female pop stars. Because ordinarily Black female pop stars so elevated and worshiped and never, you know, hyper-scrutinized by everyone even within their own community, sending white people and Black patriarchs alike into moral panics about society and getting the Black & Latinx community routinely more criminalized & scapegoated by said moralizing white people, which leads to less respect and opportunities, more gendered policing and incarceration, poverty, and death.
  2. Global South people are all unequivocally poor and exploited victims and exclusively non-Black. You will find many (often monied, privileged) Western South Asians using Beyoncé’s latest album as opportunity to sanctimoniously claim they’re “Not drinking the Lemonade” because they’re such Decolonized Third World rebels, unlike those gluttonous privileged African Americans, because also according to them, not only was African American labor never exploited by capitalism, but all Black people are all Americans and thus smug and arrogant and unwilling to check how much privilege and power they have over non-Black global South people. “Global anti-Blackness” and “Non-American Black and African communities and people” are absolutely mythical concepts to them. M.I.A. is their opportunistic billionaire-baby daddy-having anti-BLM hero. Actually, one such smarmy non-Lemonade drinking South Asian woman whose Facebook I happened upon was a college-educated Game of Thrones-loving gentrifier in Brooklyn who was hosting a writing workshop that cost $500 to attend and yet had the gall to complain about how Lemonade was exploitation. I wish I was making that shit up.
  3. They compare Black women to the KKK and slave overseers which I won’t even explain why that’s totally not fucking OK because it should be pretty obvious?
  4. There are not Black Beyonce fans, Americans or otherwise, who are exploited laborers who actively work against capitalism and stand in solidarity with exploited and peoples workers worldwide.
  5. Beyanarchists themselves are not also capitalist consumers who are part of the problem and therefore capable of being part of the solution. Only Beyoncé did the bad Capitalist thing.
  6. They have no deeper understanding of global Anti-Blackness and the anti-Black roots of capitalism, they therefore do not acknowledge the historical and social toll capitalism has taken on Black women and femmes in particular, those people after all being the most exploited and harmed by its existence.
  7. No one else other than rich Black women are criticizable for exploiting people and engaging in capitalism. The idea that, capitalism notwithstanding, a Black female hustle is much more respectable than a corporate white cis male exploitative climb to the top is just a “double standard” if acknowledged as a perspective at all.
  8. Anyone who questions Beyanarchists, their misogynoir and inconsistent position on capitalism are Beyoncé fans.
  9. Beyonce fans are rabid, zombie, consumerist Beyhivers all to the same degree and level who are not at all critical of her as a cis heterosexual Western rich pop performer or of capitalism on the whole. If anyone, Beyoncé fans or not, balk and resist against poor criticisms it isn’t because they’re shitty racist pot-shot drivel, it’s because we’re all brainwashed and mindlessly follow and obey anything our great slave-labor exploiting overlord Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter tells us. Thus, Beyanarchists’ tired racist campaign instead becomes a righteous underdog fight against the droves of ignorant fascistic fans who will unthinkingly attack and destroy any opposition! #Beehive
  10. Beyanarchism isn’t the 90s racist white moral panic over hip hop merely repackaged but to focus on Beyoncé.
I saw Beyanarchists for their ugly bullshit years ago.

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Writer. Community organizer. Errant punk. Ne’er do well. Fire starter. Email: Dominicanamalisima@gmail.com

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Briana L. Urena-Ravelo

Briana L. Urena-Ravelo

Writer. Community organizer. Errant punk. Ne’er do well. Fire starter. Email: Dominicanamalisima@gmail.com

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