How Azealia Banks Lost A Fan...
Azealia Banks recently shared some ahistorical, irresponsible tweets on cultural appropriation. Azealia has good music. Beautiful woman. But the endless Twitter fiascos are taxing on the spirits of those she offends. I'm gone...
- This part happened last night. You can read my post about it also.
- Originally in my post, I only addressed her on the English language comment. But I will add posts here that address her other tweets that came before that one.
- Racism is not just "insults" back and forth and being "made fun" off. George Zimmerman did not throw shade at Trayvon Martin. Prison Industrial Complex does not throw shade at Black men and Black women. The police did not throw shade at Aiyana Jones or Rekia Boyd. Slavery, for which capitalism today would not exist did not just throw shade at the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Also, some slurs facilitate oppression beyond offending one individual. See the two posts below:
- She continued...
- "British culture" in this context = colonization and imperialism of over 80% of the globe, cultural appropriation, White supremacy, not what actual Brits do in the UK. Whiteness ≠ culture. It's a social position relative to power and exploitation. It's purposely presented as "universal" because of miseducation and hegemony. See essay below:
- Black American culture = its own culture that developed and thrived despite bondage and exists and influences the entire globe today. See Nikki Giovanni's quote below:
- She continued...
- There is no such thing as "reappropriation." It's about as legitimate as "reverse racism," "heterophobia," "misandry," and "cisphobia." It's bullshit that the privileged classes try to pretend exists. Again, Black people are not appropriative of "White culture" as there is no such thing. "Whiteness," as a construct of power ≠ Irish culture or Greek culture, for example.
- At the point of the tweet above is when I started replying. I sent the tweet below and one more tweet that included a Storify that explains cultural appropriation in many posts.
- Lots of information on cultural appropriation is within this post below.
- She then responded this morning...
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- jrn102020And the Zuckerberg/Treyvon comparison was amazing. I listen to Urban View everyday on XM, and I never heard that comparison from the Madisons, Sharpton; That...And the Zuckerberg/Treyvon comparison was amazing. I listen to Urban View everyday on XM, and I never heard that comparison from the Madisons, Sharpton; That post should have been Favorited and Retweeted but due to classist views on who is more important than others in society, and who gets the attention; I blame that for it not being retweeted even when it was so entwined in connection to AB tweetsmore2013-10-11T16:28:53.656Z
- jrn102020As a porcelain-brown melaninally challenged white woman, the scary part of this is the way people Favorited and Retweeted certain posts; It floored me.2013-10-11T16:23:03.930Z
- __soulflowerread her sis, sidenote I don't even know why you bothered to engage her simple ass2013-10-02T23:07:09.948Z
- parkperchThis is so heartbreaking as you are bending over backwards to try to engage her and educate her and she's unable to deal with the cognitive dissonance and...This is so heartbreaking as you are bending over backwards to try to engage her and educate her and she's unable to deal with the cognitive dissonance and retreats to her defense mechanism.more2013-10-02T20:12:40.813Z
- LexiGrrrrlAlthough this might have been stressful for you, I commend you for sacrificing some real "I'm in my bubble and I'm happy, don't bother me" time to acknowledge...Although this might have been stressful for you, I commend you for sacrificing some real "I'm in my bubble and I'm happy, don't bother me" time to acknowledge and dismantle blatant protection of Whiteness and hatred for Blackness. I too was an AB fan and it was WEARING on me. Her transphobia and sexism/misogyny were just too abrasive. I work so hard every day to analyze and unpack my mind, thinking, etc and I looked up to her for being a young Black woman out here doing her thing. However, I applaud you for being THAT woman! You did what so many of us are afraid to do. You faced a woman who looks like you, you faced a broken mirror, and you said no. Sometimes it's harder to deny those who are supposed to be on the same page as you their ignorance. You didn’t and I truly appreciate you. I’ve always been a fan of your writing but seeing you take this sort of emotional/mental stress really changed my view on womanism. You and women like you ARE womanism. Peace, love, and all that good stuff!more2013-10-02T19:14:19.748Z