Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Azealia Banks: the reparations-supporter who manages to be racist, classist, and fat-shaming in three sentences

Azealia Banks Hates "Fat White Americans," Slams Lorde, Kanye - Us Weekly:

Her tour de force: "Like, I hate fat white Americans. All the people who are crunched into the middle of America, the real fat and meat of America, are these racist conservative white people who live on their farms. Those little teenage girls who work at Kmart and have a racist grandma—that’s really America."

As for what she supports: ""Because y’all motherf---ers still owe me reparations! [laughs] That’s why it’s still about race." What she misses is that while the African slave trade is a blight on human history, many communities have been horribly abused by America's rich—a group the includes rich black slave owners like Richard Edward DeReef and William Ellison. Martin Luther King's solution is much more practical: Martin Luther King on guaranteed income social dividend.

She does a nice job of showing that racism is taught early in childhood: "my mother used to say stuff like that—'White people are of the devil. Stay away from them.'"

She and her mother must have little use for Malcolm X, who said, "I totally reject Elijah Muhammad's racist philosophy, which he has labeled 'Islam' only to fool and misuse gullible people as he fooled and misused me. But I blame only myself, and no one else for the fool that I was, and the harm that my evangelical foolishness on his behalf has done to others."