Azealia Banks posts an essay on Instagram titled “Whiteness Is A Mental Illness” after she got suspended from Twitter. The essay touches upon mental health in the Black community. In addition she also discusses how when she first came on the scene she was constantly criticized on her looks and music.

“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,” she wrote. “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.”

Banks also explained why she directed the racial slurs at Zayn Malik which resulted in her Twitter account getting suspended. “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. His people suffer at the helm of white supremacy just like mine do. He has NO RIGHT to treat me as if I’m not “worthy” of anything, because the white privilege he’s reaching for does not apply to him.”

In addition Banks discussed her issues with Skai Jackson who told the Harlem rapper “simmer down” on twitter earlier this week. “Skai Jackson is an unremarkable Black actress filling a Black girl niche on a White television show.” See Azealia’s Instagram posts below.

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