Beyoncé Just Perfectly Explained Why ‘Black Lives Matter’ Isn’t Anti-Cop

Beyoncé’s music and performances have become more and more political in recent months, with the singer embracing her race, taking an artistic stand against police brutality, and paying homage to the Black Panthers.

Somehow, many conservatives have taken this to mean that Beyoncé is now anti-cop. But in a new interview with Elle, the singer perfectly explains why thinking black lives matter doesn’t mean you think police lives don’t.

Here’s what the interviewer asked her:

“What do you feel people don’t understand who you really are, and in particular about the message you’ve put forward with ‘Formation’?”

And here’s how she responded:

“I mean, I’m an artist and I think the most powerful art is usually misunderstood. But anyone who perceives my message as anti-police is completely mistaken. I have so much admiration and respect for officers and the families of officers who sacrifice themselves to keep us safe. But let’s be clear: I am against police brutality and injustice. Those are two separate things. If celebrating my roots and culture during Black History Month made anyone uncomfortable, those feelings were there long before a video and long before me. I’m proud of what we created and I’m proud to be a part of a conversation that is pushing things forward in a positive way.”

So next time your conservative uncle tries to tell you that Black Lives Matter is “reverse racist” and he misses the old Beyoncé, hit him with some knowledge straight from the queen herself. And maybe tell him he’s racist.

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