WASHINGTON - Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime performance made headlines for its display of unapologetic blackness and political activism.
Some loved the performance, and the music video that was released prior to the big game, while others blasted it for its perceived anti-police stance.
While there were no direct references to police on the Super Bowl field, the video, features a young black child in a hoodie dancing in front of a line of police officers, and graffiti that reads "Stop Shooting Us."
"I'm sorry that the desire for to us not be killed is an offensive to you." said author and Georgetown University professor, Michael Eric Dyson, when he joined FOX 5 Friday. "I'm sorry that bullets and guns that are misdirected is problematic to you when we say stop killing us. That is not anti-police - that supports the police."
"Most African-American and Latino police people are not involved in police involved shootings," Dyson continued. "They refrain from engaging in nefarious activity that can lead to hostile situations that are ratcheted up. So we have to ask the question - why is it that large bodies of white police are victimizing unarmed black people? That's legitimate concern that all Americans should be concerned about."
"Great art must celebrate victory. Black people have often had our leading entertainers and artists express things for us," Dyson said. "I think white Americans have to be understanding of that and understand that if you were in a situation where your children were being murdered - were being arbitrarily victimized by police brutality - that's something they should be concerned about as well."
Dyson said he believes the anti-brutality message is confused with anti-police message. "We often see that police people don't even tell us on other police people. Here you are upholding the law, and they victimize populations of poor people and then they say -- what about your anti-snitching that's going on there that’s counter-productive to resolving crime."
"What about the anti-snitching among police people when they know things are going wrongly and don't speak up about it?" Dyson said. "And so police people are defensive in that case. Look, we all love the police who do their jobs correctly. We celebrate them. When there are bad apples and particular populations of people are being victimized it is important for a Beyoncé or a Kendrick Lamar to speak up."
"It is reaction against improper exercise of police force and that should concern not only Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar -- but police unions should say let's police our own boundaries to make sure we are doing the best job possible," he said.