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After Doing Some Research, Azealia Banks Shifts Attention From Cultural Appropriation to Reparations for African-Americans After Slavery

Azealia Banks pushes for reparations for Blacks Rapper Azealia Banks took to Twitter on Monday to urge her followers to push for reparations for African-Americans after the hip hop star seemed to realize just how much of America’s wealth came from slave trade.

“They Owe us Money,” one tweet read.

Another similar tweet read, “ITS MY MONEY, AND I WANT IT NOWWWWW!!!!!”

At first glance, people may be rolling their eyes and assuming that Banks went on yet another expletive-filled Twitter rant launched by her beef with some other artist.

This time around, however, her so-called Twitter rant was a bit more like a Twitter lecture.

While she still couldn’t help but sprinkle her favorite four letter words throughout the tweets, Banks actually did her homework on the topic before taking to social media to encourage other young people to pay attention to such important issues.

After tweeting links from several publications about other races receiving millions, and in some cases billions, of dollars in reparations, Banks pointed to an Atlanta Blackstar article that revealed 15 major corporations that benefitted from slavery.

She also referred to an article about the documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North.

All of the articles provided Banks with a rather solid foundation for her argument.

“The current generations of children who are descended from slave traders just inherited their parents debt,” Banks tweeted. “And they need to pay.”

Azealia Banks tweets about reparations “It’s like, ‘here, we built this entire economic superpower of a country off of your backs, so here’s a nickel for bread….’ “ another tweet read.

Banks even said that her own cyber attack on Iggy Azalea wasn’t a representation of the “real” issues that people of the Black community are facing.

While many people agreed with Banks’ statement about the “Fancy” rapper’s appropriation of Black culture, Banks said there are simply bigger issues to focus on.

“At this point, it’s not even about race or cultural appropriation or any other that [sic] other annoying s**t because the black youth has a bigger battle to fight,” she said in a series of tweets. “More than we need to preserve our identity, we need to get our f*****g money. And I’m dead serious. Let these corny white people get their little black fantasies out, because they’re only put in place to distract us from the real issue. We need to get our money. F**k all this other sh*t.”

Banks explained that the money from reparations could be used to even the playing field when it comes to education.

She also told her white fans that she wasn’t “pointing [her] finger” at them, she was pointing it at America.

“I’m pointing my finger at AMERICA and the AMERICAN companies who used the money from slavery to build the very economy your ancestors [were] allowed to flourish in. those jobs could have been ours… but we were locked out of society,” Banks continued. “And yes! We have come a long f*****g way in this country as black people…But it still doesn’t mean we have forgotten that y’all owe us. The infamous ’40 acres and a mule’ after slavery has been turned into that $40 and a metrocard they give you when you get out of jail.”

Banks even shocked her fans when she claimed she would walk away from her music career in order to “fight for reparations” and “even the score once and for all.”

 

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63 thoughts on “After Doing Some Research, Azealia Banks Shifts Attention From Cultural Appropriation to Reparations for African-Americans After Slavery

  1. Oyifioda Anteyi says:

    Snoop Dogg should hide his head in shame, what he (a supposedly gangster) is afraid to do, a strong black female Azealia Banks have done it, well structured and unapologetically.

  2. Too Black, Too Strong!

  3. why are you showing her in a revealing outfit? her statements deserve respect..

  4. Pat Hard says:

    Go Azalea. Lets do some basic sums: 400 (or so) years of wages per enslaved (wo)man, index it to inflation (possibly 4.6% per year OVER 400Yyrs), add the Reparation Bill for the constant torture endured by these poor souls, add the Restitution Bill (for the Unjust Enrichment or profits that were stolen). Well that comes into a very large TRUE BILL. This is a message FOR THOSE WHO HAVE EARS TO HEAR AND EYES TO SEE!

  5. Darrick Herndon says:

    She's the absolute truth.

  6. Laura Toomey Jones says:

    It would do us a favor if she quit her "career" to get this money

  7. Freewheelin Kendon Smith says:

    I have a feeling that 2015 is going to be her year

  8. That's like telling the Jewish people they should ask the Jewish people who participated with the Nazis in killing Jews during the holocaust. Or the Indians who ask for reparations, but enslaved Africans as well.

    There are always a few Africans ready to look down upon there own without realizing the truth. Even if Africans sold slave, who was the slave masters? Thats the point

  9. Whoever sold us, somebody bought us soooo…

  10. Evan Mitchell says:

    Even though Africa is a large continent full of people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds who've got nothing to do with each other. In the era of slavery, Africans sold their enemies (people of another ethnicity) to the Europeans. They weren't by any means "selling their own." This is the prevalent White Supremacist mindset that people with similar skin tones are inextricably bound by them. Hibernophobia, anyone?

  11. Shawn Mc says:

    lol the enemy of one tribe was usually another tribe, many tribes benefited from slavery and many tribes would work with arabs or europeans to capture slaves to insure they were not next.

    dude this is all documented and not theory

    when you say africans sold their enemies you make it seem like africa is a single country with one government.

  12. Shawn Mc says:

    thts usually what she wears, before she became a militant she was a different type of rapper, since her career never took off this is another angle for her

  13. Shawn Mc says:

    thts usually what she wears, before she became a militant she was a different type of rapper, since her career never took off this is another angle for her

  14. You're right brother, she is showing all then wanna be thug rappers how to be strong and black.

  15. Amir Buhari says:

    Shawn Mc she's been speaking on black relations since the start of her career…so your whole point is lost

  16. Outsiders cannot fix what is wrong with America's indigenous urban peoples. Their systemic failings involving racial separatism, anti-intellectualism, sloth, criminal behavior, and perpetual victimhood must be corrected from within their community. Money cannot repair their failures.

  17. David Farrar says:

    To find the actual reason why there is unrest in the black community, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slTF_XXoKAQ.

  18. See, comments like this shows the problem with many of us. As per the Africans who sold other Africans in times of tribal war to whites, look man, that cannot be compared to the entire 500 year brutal and murderous history of the slave trade that was orchestrated by the European. Do you know that we are the ONLY ethnicity that does that? You will NEVER hear a Jew use that type of rationale even though during the Nazi regime, there were Jews informing on other Jews and Jewish police sqaudrons known as the Judenrat who were formed for the sole purpose of rounding up Jews for the Nazi death camps. Yet, with all of this, you would NEVER hear them adopt that kind of psicosis where they exculpate the perpetrator and blame the victim. I'm telling you we need to check that. I hear a lot of people talk about reconciliation, but you can't reconcile when there has been no conciliation to begin with. The only way that this can happen is when the injurious party involved acknowledges their role in the life of the first injured and make restitution. After that the injured has to acknowledge to themselves the role they have played in perpetuating the injury. But if we are the only ones being real with our role, but the perpetrators seeks to absolve themselves, how can there be full reconciliation. It is impossible.

  19. So you are saying other people done wrong by america, that are fighting for reperations and possibly getting them is fine and dandy, while black shouldn't be doing the same thing?
    Wait, didn't whites sell each other in slavery?
    Why are black people the only people in this argument that shouldn't get reparations?
    Why are the Chinese getting them?
    Didn't they enslave, etc. Their own people?
    You uncle toms ass niggas kill me lol.
    I guess next you're gonna use black on black crime to excuse racial profiling, as if white on white crime doesn't exist.
    Guess what genius, we are in AMERICA.
    Africans need to demand from African leaders,
    Americans should demand from American ones.
    Is an Irish man not due justice, because of white on white slavery?

    I wonder if you even read in the information presented before commenting.

    Hey, Americans, our government is giving out reperations to everybody that oppressed and got rich off, well, except the niggers lol

    (News flash bruh, we not in denial, we know what went down in slavery days, THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FACT OF THE MATTER

    It's always a house nigga focusing on who SOLD us and ignoring who BOUGHT us

  20. Mohammed Shakur says:

    Only fools believed we sold our own into enslavement.

  21. Shawn Mc says:

    Kevin Bollers "As per the Africans who sold other Africans in times of tribal war to whites, look man, that cannot be compared to the entire 500 year brutal and murderous history of the slave trade "

    its not about comparing at all because the african part is the major role in the process, there wouldn't be any product to ship until it was brought to the ports for trade.
    I'm sure your no believer of the old myth that the man snuck into africa and kidnapped the slaves.

    In 1807 Britain outlawed slavery. In 1820 the king of the African kingdom of Ashanti inquired why the Christians did not want to trade slaves with him anymore, since they worshipped the same god as the Muslims and the Muslims were continuing the trade like before.

  22. Shawn Mc says:

    Kevin Bollers What these records show is that the modern slave trade flourished in the early middle ages, as early as 869, especially between Muslim traders and western African kingdoms. For moralists, the most important aspect of that trade should be that Muslims were selling goods to the African kingdoms and the African kingdoms were paying with their own people. In most instances, no violence was necessary to obtain those slaves. Contrary to legends and novels and Hollywood movies, the white traders did not need to savagely kill entire tribes in order to exact their tribute in slaves. All they needed to do is bring goods that appealed to the kings of those tribes. The kings would gladly sell their own subjects. (

  23. Shawn Mc says:

    Mohammed Shakur bro this is fact documented by various historians, writers, traders and Muslim geographers, you telling me all these people were conspiring over a thousand years ago to make you look bad now lol.

  24. Shawn Mc says:

    Mohammed Shakur bro this is fact documented by various historians, writers, traders and Muslim geographers, you telling me all these people were conspiring over a thousand years ago to make you look bad now lol.

  25. And what I am saying to you is that the Ashanti tribe does not represent the entire continent of Africa because most African countries did not sell slaves and some even fought against it. But because Europeans back then could control the supply of guns there was little Africans could do to stop it. The fact of the matter is that Transatlantic slave trade was on a much grander scale than anything the Africans or anyone else ever did in the history of slavery. Countries were destroyed and millions died. Over 12 million were sold in less than 400 years, something so huge that it changed the genetic map of the world. There were so many Africans dumped in the middle of the Atlantic that it changed the irrigation course of the sharks because they realized that there was more food to be had in those parts of the water. We also have to keep in mind that the Transatlantic slave trade was racist. The African slave trade, for all of its other ills, was not that. It was about tribal war. So slavery in places like Haiti, Barbados and America was much more cruel.

    Finally, from a moral stance this argument is flawed as well. It is actually no different from that of a ten year old. If my son did something wrong and I chastised him over it and he told me, "Well, so and so did it too!", that would be unacceptable to me because his argument seeks to excuse him of his own bad behavior by finding the same sort of bad behavior done by others. "Whites sold slaves, but Africans and Arab traders did too!" If we don't accept this stance from children, nor from pedophiles who say, "My dad molested me when I was a kid, too!", the whole "Africans did it too!” argument really hold no weight, dude and all it really attempts to do is deflect, project and transfer from the perpetual damage that the still well-oiled and running machine of racism has done and is still doing to people of color in this country. Think about it.

  26. Simone Possible says:

    This is a very lazy understanding of what happened in Africa before the European invasion and the occurrence of the Atlantic Slave Trade. You need to have a rounded understanding of what Africa was like and how it worked before slavery and understand the dynamics of the communities within that vast continent. Your understanding is convenient to those who have caused the most harm to Africans and they don't look like Africans!

    READ: http://raceandhistory.com/selfnews/viewnews.cgi?newsid1076859043,27424,.shtml

  27. Simone Possible says:

    This is a very lazy understanding of what happened in Africa before the European invasion and the occurrence of the Atlantic Slave Trade. You need to have a rounded understanding of what Africa was like and how it worked before slavery and understand the dynamics of the communities within that vast continent. Your understanding is convenient to those who have caused the most harm to Africans and they don't look like Africans!

    READ: http://raceandhistory.com/selfnews/viewnews.cgi?newsid1076859043,27424,.shtml

  28. Shawn Mc says:

    Kevin Bollers "that would be unacceptable to me because his argument seeks to excuse him of his own bad behavior by finding the same sort of bad behavior done by others"

    I never made the claim that we should excuse anyone for their part in slavery, on the contrary anyone that had a hand in it should be criticized but we cant play this game of selective outrage over one piece of the puzzle when it was the whole puzzle that created the institution.
    if you don't criticize all then your not being honest in your criticism because its biased, your not criticising the institution your criticizing specific people and ignoring others.

  29. Shawn Mc says:

    Kevin Bollers "And what I am saying to you is that the Ashanti tribe does not represent the entire continent of Africa "

    we need to stop talking about africa as if its one country and one governed.
    tits not factual to say ALL of africa sold its slaves thats why i gave you information about a specific case that been well documented. the case of many african tribes trading slaves with merchants is an undeniable fact.

    be sure you don't overtly romanticize the lives of slaves, there lives should be used for inspiration not to wallow in their misery

  30. Well then, if you read my entire comment, you will see I did just that. Acknowledge the comments I have made in their entirety and not just taking bits and pieces to parse because if you do that, you will see I am correct in my statements.

  31. You see, what I noticed is that in general, we as an ethnicity are quite eager to flog ourselves and each other for wrong doing, but extremely reluctant to do the same to others that perpetrate ill against us. Again, it speaks of a deeper issue that needs to be dealt with.

  32. You see, what I noticed is that in general, we as an ethnicity are quite eager to flog ourselves and each other for wrong doing, but extremely reluctant to do the same to others that perpetrate ill against us. Again, it speaks of a deeper issue that needs to be dealt with.

  33. You see, what I noticed is that in general, we as an ethnicity are quite eager to flog ourselves and each other for wrong doing, but extremely reluctant to do the same to others that perpetrate ill against us. Again, it speaks of a deeper issue that needs to be dealt with.

  34. Shawn Mc says:

    Simone Possible africa isnt a city block, what part are you talking about ? your link was about dark skin, mixed or light skin arabs, what difference does it make what their complexion was.

    you do know the arabs were good at making records and recording their travels, there is actual writings of the travelers and historians Among them are Al-Khwarzimi, Ibn Munabbah, Al-Masudi, Al-Bakri, Abul Fida, Yaqut, Ibn Batutah, Ibn Khaldun, Ibn Fadlallah al-’Umari, Mahmud al-Kati, Ibn al Mukhtar and Abd al-Rahman al-Sa’di

    you may need to read their own writings about many groups africans they encountered, prepared to be schooled lol

  35. Acknowledgement and blame are not synonymous.

  36. Simone Possible says:

    Shawn Mc the link I posted is to give further background to what was happening in Africa before the Europeans arrived en masse and started the Atlantic slave trade and a possible explanation as to what (in part) gave rise to the trade. it gives some colour around African servitude systems which often get confused for the start or 'evidence' for Africans selling Africans into slavery. While I don't dispute that this didn't occur at all, I do dispute that this was the bulk way in which Africans left the continent and became slaves.

    While the article I linked to focuses on colourism, the title also states '..the Myth of Black African Slave Traders' my main point. It's there for you to read, if you were distracted by the colourism and didn't see the other salient points, that's not anything I can help.

    What is your point that Arabs were good at making records? Does it mean that because there's literary 'evidence' of an occurrence it trumps all other understanding, possible interpretations of that occurrence?

    And lastly, as a 2nd generation African living in the West, having worked with African owned businesses, travelled and stayed there frequently with 90% of my family still living there – I'm fully aware that it's not a city block.

  37. Shawn Mc says:

    Simone Possible can you sum up what your trying to say, your link went through a couple different subject matters.

    tell me what specifically i said that made you want to respond and sum up what your saying because your all over the place talking about something totally different.

    im trying to connect what your saying to the subject at hand

  38. Deejaye Melod says:

    same tired reply…its not about who sold us or who bought us..its about WHO'S LIVING OFF OUR WORK! SIMPLE! CUT THE CHECK! If you found out your family helped build microsoft and didn't get paid properly you know what you'd be doing right now! Tryna get paid! Balance this country out once and for all!

  39. Mohammed Shakur says:

    Shawn Mc Obviously. You know virtually all nonwhites dont like us anyways. So they'll do and say anything to discredit us. These are also the same people that isnt convinced that Civilization started with whites.

  40. Shawn Mc says:

    Mohammed Shakur its over 300 million people in the us and over 7 billion people on earth. im not saying you haven't met your fill of non white people but its almost impossible to justify your statement.

    i would say get out and meet people of other races, study history and you will find allies of other races and know with this many people on god earth not everyone will like you and thats including of your own race.

    did you mean in your last statement that they are unconvinced that civilization started with blacks ?
    you do know that there is no ONE cradle of civilization, there were various civilizations creating and learning from one another, you like many other love to read early 20th and 19th century writings of early white theorist, all their writings have been debunked and not taught in standard to higher academic classes so why are you still fighting that battle ?

  41. Pat McDowell says:

    OK, we'll get them second.

  42. Pat McDowell says:

    OK, we'll get them second.

  43. Jeanelle John says:

    I'd lay least be able to respect her constant tabloid presence if she dropped some music once in a while.

  44. Wendy Nunez says:

    I'm in so intrigued by her. .. she is using her platform to tout the injustices of racism and slavery… yet she's the most racist artist I have ever heard…

  45. Mohammed Shakur says:

    Shawn Mc I mean, hey, if you're not convinced that we started civilization then I cant help you. They kept trying to debunk that so many times and it didnt work. Also, I am not convinced that we have "allies" from other races. I respect your decisions overall….

  46. Mohammed Shakur says:

    Shawn Mc I mean, hey, if you're not convinced that we started civilization then I cant help you. They kept trying to debunk that so many times and it didnt work. Also, I am not convinced that we have "allies" from other races. I respect your decisions overall….

  47. William Hanley says:

    If we don't discard race altogether, we will never unify and get to space and boldly go where no one has gone before. Don't we all want to become a unified, spacefaring race?

  48. KingFrom Qnz says:

    This bitch is the most racist , self centered, arrogant, (i would say ignorant but callin a black person ignorant is equal to callin u guys the N word even though ignorance has no color). Mostly every country was built on slavery. was it right? No! but hey back than , women were used for sex & house duties, unable to vote, or make their own life. A lot of things were fucked up back than, that's what progression is about. When people make absurd statements like this it only deepens racial tensions. This is the same bitch that said "a faggot is anyone who hates women" I hope she walks no wait RUNS away from the music industry we don't need people with 19th century mindstates, trying to make a difference in the 21st century.

  49. LeiLa Dey says:

    I absolutely love her!

  50. Judyna Pres says:

    I'm rooting for her and everything she is standing up for.

  51. Chantal Shivanna Ramraj says:

    If you chose to not respect a woman because of what she's wearing then you know nothing about respect.

    More than respect, why not cherish her outfits as another creative expression, along with her music/rap and Twitter writings?

    Srsly why does a black woman's body make you not listen/afraid??

  52. Shawn Mc says:

    Amir Buhari check some of her videos like liquorice, oh yea thats pro black and she sound like shes from England. GTFOH

    its mostly dance stuff, please enough with all the pro black stuff, shes doing it to get a buzz and her rants are incoherent and basically childish insults

    you must really be feening for a leader to accept her crazy ass

  53. Shawn Mc sorry, i respect all your positions…i'm 68 and grew up in a different time…also muslim….a beautiful woman she is…and respect she deserves…..

  54. Chantal Shivanna Ramraj says:

    Carolyn Jackson 🙂 nice to hear- take care and best to you!

  55. Rodney Wallace says:

    Black Bitch ain't getting shit from Corney White People.

  56. Colin Daniel says:

    I would urge you to read from Columbus to Castro by Dr.Eric Williams and other history by Spanish and British historians to discover how wrong your information is. Black slavery was developed to exploit the riches of the new world. Prior to this slaves had the right not to be abused, purchase their freedom and not to be treated as chattel. The free associated with exploiting the riches of the Americas changed all of this. First the Europeans decimated the natives of the Caribbean and then turned to African slavery to replace them.

  57. Azealia Banks got that New York blood boo. She was bred, shaped, formed, and conditioned to be bold, hard, and unapologetic by New York culture, one of the toughest cities in the world. Ya'll gone learn today.

  58. Hoepfully she inspires new lyrics. Lyrics like the good days of Hip Hop.

  59. speak to this please. Europeans had laws the said you can kidnap an African in America. This had nothing to do with Africans selling Africans(a minority too). Free people of African ancestry were KIDNAPPED by these so-called Americans and force in perpetuity to work for free on THESE shores (not in Africa) why didn't they just stop it if European-Americans were so righteous? Why did they continue the brutality WITHOUT the help of the Africans who sold other Africans? Breakfast Lunch and Dinner?

  60. They always said-it would be a Moorish women that will save the Nation. Humanity!!!

  61. Trey Dill says:

    I'm white and a blacksmith so is it wrong for me to do metallurgy since she said africa invented it?

  62. It would be a little more believable if she wasn't altering her appearance to look more like the people she wants money from. How about living what you rap about? Being strong and black is not about the talk, it's about the walk.

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