Two days after her statement about the deaths of black Americans at the hands of police, Beyoncé has paid tribute to the officers killed in the Dallas sniper attack. On her Instagram page, Beyoncé, who was born and raised in Houston, posted a video that intercuts between black-and-white footage of a Texas flag and the names of the fallen officers: Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, and Lorne Ahrens.
The singer has been a lightning rod for the less-reputable elements of the right-wing media because of her vocal support for the Black Lives Matter movement, and the immediate aftermath of the Dallas shooting was no exception. A typical headline from the odious Breitbart read, “Anti-Cop Beyoncé Silent As Police Slaughtered in Her Native Texas.” But in her statement, Beyoncé was concillatory, pleading for a halt to violence from all sides:
No violence will create peace. … To effect change, we must show love in the face of hate and peace in the face of violence.”