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Azealia Banks Issues Apology And Talks Mental Illness In Black Community

The rapper issued a (sort of) apology, and then opened up about personal hardships she's faced.

The impossible has happened: after seemingly trying to make a career out of acting out on Twitter, Azealia Banks has actually apologized.

After her homophobic, racist ranting about former One Directioner Zayn Malik earned her a ban from Twitter, the rapper took to Instagram to issue an apology.

"I want to express my sincerest apologies to the world," Banks wrote.

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But in her very next post, she kind of tried to downplay how racist it was for her to call Zayn a "curry scented" in the first place.

 

"And as for curry, it's honestly some dumb NYC joke about cabs smelling like curry," she wrote in a caption. "Dumb NYC joke" or not, it's still blatantly racist.

But wait - she then went and called 14 year-old Disney star Skai Jackson a "c**n in training" in yet another post, even tagging her in it, and called her an "unremarkable" actress in another.

While some have argued that it's problematic for Azealia to have been banned from Twitter - and I'm inclined to agree - it'd be great if she stopped attacking a child on social media. 

Banks later penned a two-part essay on mental illness in the black community, all written in the captions of messages from fans.

"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," Banks wrote.

Read her full message below.

This is 100% true. Black folk are the first to discard their own especially when white media/society hangs one of us out for public crucifixion. 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. 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. Zayn feeling as though he's too good to acknowledge me, yet not too good to STEAL and copy my art is fucking HURTFUL. And it happens everywhere. People steal and copy my art ALL THE TIME and try to pretend as if they are somehow above me when they are the ones without their own creative ideas to begin with. Music industry politics which completely mimic racial social constructs allow people like Zayn to hide behind his popularity amongst white folk when he himself is aiding in the work of white supremacy. Cultural Erasure. Another instance of a "white" artist taking credit for the black artists hard work and passion. And truthfully, it's pushing me over the fucking edge. White society grinds down the self esteem of black artists to the point where we are expected to be silent about such obvious transgressions.

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What do you think about what Azealia had to say? Are communities of color too harsh on her?

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