Earlier this week we wrote about the backlash Fantasia caught when she released a concert flyer that contained the phrase “All Lives Matter.” As you know it didn’t go over well with Black Twitter or with Black people. As we mentioned earlier, people brought out Fantasia’s literacy issues. They said her career was canceled and a host of memes and gifs tearing her down. Fantasia’s response to the matter, via Facebook Live with her husband Kendall, didn’t do much to appease the frustrations. When the couple offered the rationale that Black Lives Matter because All Lives Matter, people had already dismissed them.
After a couple of days of reflection, Fantasia released this statement on her Instagram page.
“This past weekend I had the opportunity to perform at an event surrounding the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. When I arrived on Thursday, my heart was heavy because of what was happening at home. When I left on Saturday, I was inspired and excited to get back to Charlotte. My hope was to do something positive in my community by bringing everyone together in a time of crisis. My intention was never to take away from the Black Lives Matter movement, and I am truly sorry if my words were misconstrued. Black lives will always matter to me and I never meant for my words to make you feel otherwise. To know me is to know my heart, and I love you all.”
Personally, if we can take anything from this whole situation, it’s that people need to learn how to come at people correctly. Perhaps, if the Twitterverse had approached Fantasia’s word choice on the flyer with the intent to educate instead of insult, she would have been more open to hearing the criticism and would have even recognized the impact of her words much sooner.