In National Mental Health Month, it is so nice to have celebrities like Azealia Banks to discuss topics like this, seeing how we know that she will never keep her mouth closed about anything.
Literally, a day after Azealia Banks had her Twitter account suspended, the rapper decided to voice her opinion on another platform, Instagram. She decided to write an essay about her take on “black people’s mental health” and white privilege in the music industry.
In a series of Instagram posts, she decides to talk about her experiences with black men who have made her experiences in the music industry difficult.
“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… And those messages penetrated the social consciousness of black America very quickly. I’ve been belittled, berated, stolen from, called crazy when making clear and true observations about the world we live in only to then have all of those things reveal themselves to be truths. 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.”
She also defended her racist tweets against UK singer Zayn, who she believes is clinging onto whiteness in order to benefit from white privilege in the music industry. The remarks came after comments saying that he was “too good” to respond to the tweets which were directed a him. She also said that “in the racial-social construct of the pop world he is STILL beneath Justin [sic] Beiber.”
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