Janet Jackson Kicks Off ‘State of the World’ Tour Denouncing White Supremacy and Domestic Terrorism
Janet Jackson’s State of the World tour kicked off in Lafayette, Louisiana last night and the 51-year-old reminded everyone EXACTLY who she is. For a brief moment before she took the stage, a video condemning white supremacy, domestic terrorism, and fascism played for the crowd.
The one-minute video introduction starts by naming unarmed black men who were killed by police officers: Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Jonathan Ferrell. Then, we hear audio clips of television personalities and protestors explaining the threats of white supremacy, privilege, and inequality.
The message is a vital one: The Center for Investigative reporting has shared an analysis of domestic terrorism in the United States spanning nine years, and found that right-wing extremists were responsible for twice as many violent attacks compared to Islamic extremists.
It’s a threat President Donald Trump has only acknowledged once, after he faced significant criticism for equivocating anti-racist protestors and white supremacists during a Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia (one protestor, Heather Heyer, was run over by James Alex Fields Jr. a white nationalist and Trump supporter).