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).