There’s nothing that frustrates me more than a vile, disrespectful, argumentative troll who refuses to take responsibility for their actions like a vile, disrespectful, argumentative troll who cries about racism when she often speaks as ill of Black people as the white folks who she claims makes her so angry.
After Twitter suspended her account for her latest instance of racism, cruelty, and general repugnant antics, Azealia Banks took to Instagram to cite white supremacy as the reason she was briefly banished from the outlet.
Banks wrote: “Black folk are the first to discard their own especially when white media/society hangs one of us out for public crucifixion. From the minute I appeared on the scene I was told by Black men in Black media that I was ugly, skinny, had bad hair, was weird, made music for white people etc…”
For one, Black people are actually not the first to discard their own–especially when we view them as victims of white supremacy. See the Blacks in the mid 1990s who praised the O.J. Simpson verdict. Or the ones riding with Michael Jackson during his child molestation trial. Or Black people on social media, and in the media, any given day of the week during the last decade. Or the one before that. Or the one before that. And oh, yes, the one before that, too.
Now, I will not deny that some folks might’ve been disrespectful to Banks over her appearance, and much of that could have been rooted in very Eurocentric standards of beauty–people are awful in general, especially on social media after all. Nonetheless, let’s revisit Azealia Banks’ career after the release of one single and its accompany video: A million dollar record deal; being courted by artists like Beyoncé, Kanye West, and Lady Gaga; a relationship with Mac; and a heaping amount of praise across varying forms of media.
Do you know what did Azealia Banks in? Azealia Banks.
But, she went on to claim: “I’m not blaming anyone or anything for any of my actions but I think it’s really important to for people outside of us (Black folk) to understand the detrimental effects of whiteness and white supremacy/white cultural pervasiveness on Black peoples MENTAL HEALTH as a whole and the MENTAL HEALTH of Black individual herself.”
Banks is blaming other folks for her actions–which included her attacking the body of a Black teenage girl on social media while also calling a fellow artist a “sand n**ger”–but while she’s talking about how detrimental white supremacy is, she ought to be rapping bars to herself in the mirror.
Azealia Banks is the same person who asked that Black media not write about her, and in her very short career, has blasted Black radio, Black men, Black single moms, and gay Black men. Banks has also made no secret that she prefers the company of older white men in her relationships, and she’s gushed about white men repeatedly in interviews. Banks can date the whitest man alive, but what’s not going to happen is that someone who swags surfs in anti-Blackness trying to abandon ship and shimmy over to the side of those who constantly speak about the ills of white supremacy in society while still trying to generalize Black folks in the process, no less.
Does Twitter need to be better about policing awful people on its outlet more evenly? Sure. However, Banks is a celebrity and managed to refer to Zayn Malik, one of the most famous people breathing right now, as a “sand n**ger.” I can only imagine how many of his fans rushed to report her as the toxic waste of energy she often proves herself to be. That probably had more to do with her temporary demise than anything.
Meanwhile, Banks said this of Malik: “Calling him racial slurs was my way of trying to angrily remind him that he is in fact not one of them, he is one of US. The white privileges he’s so eager to take part in do not apply to him. He’s colored, like me.”
All of this was over Banks’ assertion that Malik copied her style. That speaks so much to her ego; she’s constantly accusing someone of copying her. Someone ought to direct her to Grace Jones, and tell her narcissism to scale itself back several notes.
Banks could also stand to take her own advice. The white gays and fashion kids Banks claims to loathe so much are the same ones who put her on. The Black people, self-included, who used to defend her no longer do so given she’s no better than racists when it comes to her caricature-like depictions of Black people and all the subcultures that exist within our race.
In this instance, Azealia Banks is no victim of white supremacy, if anything, she has often served as conduit for it.
Sis, you’re mad your trifling ways finally caught up with you, albeit very temporarily on a social media outlet? Boo damn hoo.
Banks later issued a real apology, but the problems in her life are the consequences of her own actions. If she needs help, she should seek it. If she wants people to understand her, there are much better ways to go about it. And if Azealia Banks wants Black folks to not discard their own, she best start learning to lead by example.