Azealia Banks is done with President Barack Obama not aligning himself with Black interests. The rapper posted a lengthy Instagram message in response to Obama’s message on the Baton Rouge, Louisiana shooting July 17. In a post made the same day, she lashed out at the leader of the free world for making gay marriage legal and issuing reparations for the Holocaust, but not lifting “a single finger” for the Black community.
“You sat in the White House and let your people die in the streets and didn’t do a god—- thing about it,” she wrote.
On Sunday morning, Atlanta Black Star reported via Twitter that a gunman was involved in a shootout with Baton Rouge police, killing three officers. In a statement, Obama called the act unjustifiable.
“These attacks are the work of cowards who speak for no one. They right no wrongs. They advance no causes,” he added in part.
The Baton Rouge shooting follows Micah Xavier Johnson’s shooting and killing of five police in Dallas during a July 7 protest. Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were killed days earlier, on July 5 and 6, respectively. The two men were killed by law enforcement in Baton Rouge and Falcon Heights, Minnesota, respectively.
Banks, who is banned from Twitter, aimed her criticism at Obama after not only Sterling and Castile’s deaths but the many other Black men and women slain by cops.
“No Obama. You’re wrong,” she wrote in all caps. “Just because you’re afraid of seeming too in line or in support of Black interests doesn’t mean you get to keep spitting in our f—— faces like this.”
“I completely understand that you will be killed by the white supremacy, if you were to stand on the side of Black people but saying s— like this is making it worse. For all of us,” she continued before adding “we all know yo Black a— ain’t gonna do s— for us.”
“I don’t want a leader who is afraid to die. I want a leader who isn’t afraid to kill for what he believes in. And you obviously don’t believe in s—” Banks went on. She concluded Obama was “making black people look bad” by “following the rules” of white supremacy.
The post was later deleted, but commenters were able to voice their opinion on the matter elsewhere online.
Brenda Williams wrote the star “sounds stupid” and should do her part by putting on a benefit concert instead of ranting on social media.
Raetrece Walker-Hall agreed with Banks for the first time, saying Obama could have done more regarding police violence against Blacks.
Avery Belcher also backed the rapper, but Tiana Brown pointed out Banks’ lack of personal action.