Students and Teacher React to Formation

City High students and a teacher react to Beyoncé's newest music video Formation and its controversy as it addressed the condition of life for black people in America, everything from police brutality to life in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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In her performance of Formation at the 2016 super bowl, Beyoncé and her back up dancers dressed as members of the Black Panther Party, a pro-black political organization founded in 1966. The move drew some criticism, including from Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York. “This is football, not Hollywood, and I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive,” Giuliani said in a interview with Fox News, “and what we should be doing in the African American community, and all communities, is build up respect for police officers. And focus on the fact that when something does go wrong, okay. We’ll work on that. But the vast majority of police officers risk their lives to keep us safe.” However, many supported the decision as well, including Black Lives Matter activist Deeray McKesson, who tweeted “At its core, she is reminding us that economic justice is a key component to liberation work.”