Beyoncé’s love for the American flag raises questions for Black people


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Beyoncé is coupling her album, Cowboy Carter, with Americana-themed images. She straddles a white horse and holds the US flag in the album’s cover art. In other photos, the flag is everything, everywhere, all at once – capes, boots, bomber jackets with leather frills, durags, sashes, scarves and hair beads. Unlike white artists who drape themselves in red, white and blue, Mrs Carter becomes a billionaire cultural astronaut, and drives the flag pole down into the ground as a stake for Black America. Capitalists will claim the territory. Levi’s stock jumped 20% the week after Beyoncé dropped its name on...