BY ZAYDA RIVERA
Azealia Banks hates “everything about this country.”
The outspoken Harlem-born rapper is unapologetic about her feelings towards the United States, a country she demands reparations from.
“I hate everything about this country,” she said in Playboy’s annual April Sex & Music Issue in which she appears on the cover and in a frisky 10-page nude pictorial.
“I hate fat white Americans,” Banks continued. “All the people who are crunched into the middle of America are these racist conservative white people who live on their farms. Those little teenage girls who work at Kmart and have a racist grandma — that’s really America.”
The 23-year-old emcee’s hostility for her native country stems from her childhood, from what she saw in the outside world to what she was learning at home.
“We had journals in second grade. I went to PS 166, on 88th Street and Columbus Avenue, and we had a teacher I could not stand,” the “212” rapper recalled.
“The black kids got in trouble all the time. We were loud or whatever, but whenever she told a white kid to quiet down and they did, she’d be like, whatever. But if she told a black kid to quiet down and one of them sucked their teeth, she’d put them in the corner,” she added.
Azealia Banks is unapologetic about her feelings about America and white people because it’s what she learned early on in life. “The generational effects of Jim Crow linger on.”
“I wrote in the journal one day, ‘I cannot stand this white b—- teacher. F— this white b—-,'” Banks continued. “She found my journal and called my mother, who was embarrassed, because my mother used to say stuff like that — ‘White people are the devil. Stay away from them.’ That teacher was scared of me after that.”
Using scare tactics apparently worked for the “Ice Princess” rapper, who boasted about once punching a teacher in the face when she was 3-years-old and attending preschool.
“People have always been scared of me,” she said before laughing off the incident with her teacher. “We were playing house, and the lady was like, ‘I’m a monster! I’m gonna eat your family!’ I punched her right in the eye.”
While Banks undeniably has a lot of pent up anger, she said it’s a direct response to the discrimination she’s felt all her life in this country.
“The generational effects of Jim Crow and poverty linger on,” she said. “As long as I have my money, I’m getting the f— out of here and I’m gonna leave y’all to your own devices.”
But first, she wants reparations.
Azealia Banks in the April 2015 issue of Playboy magazine. She called out Kanye West for playing the game of “Please accept me, white world.”
“Because y’all mother—-ers still owe me reparations!” she said, laughing.
“My little white fans will be like, ‘Why do you want reparations for work you didn’t do?'” she said. “Well, you got handed down your grandfather’s estate and you got to keep your grandmother’s diamonds and pearls and s—.”
Banks insisted she’ll leave the United States behind in search of a society that isn’t plagued by racism, but while she’s still here she intends to continue telling it like it is, even if her messages aren’t reaching the intended recipient.
“Yeah, I am loud and boisterous. And I am black, and I am a pain in you’re a–. But I’m not really talking to you, and that’s what makes those people mad. You’re not invited to this conversation. This is not about you.
“When you rip a people from their land, from their customs, from their culture — there’s still a piece of me that knows I’m not supposed to be speaking English, I’m not supposed to be worshipping Jesus Christ. All this s— is unnatural to me. People will be like, ‘Oh, you’re ignorant because you don’t speak proper English.’ No. This is not mine. I don’t even want this s—, so I’m going to do whatever the f— I want with this language. I’m going to call you a f-g or a cr—-r or a b—-.”
Banks has used the English language to launch a rap career and even within that industry she is calling out the sell-outs.
“In American society, the game is to be a nonthreatening black person,” she said. “That’s why you have Pharrell and Kendrick Lamar saying, ‘How can we expect people to respect us if we don’t respect ourselves?’ He’s playing that nonthreatening black man s—, and that gets all the white soccer moms going, ‘We love him.’ Even Kanye West plays a little bit of that game — ‘Please accept me, white world.’ Jay Z hasn’t played any of those games, and that’s what I like.”
Banks ideology about America is reflective of how some black communities may feel in this country, especially in the wake of the deaths of innocent black men at the hands of police, like Eric Garner and Michael Brown. In turn, innocent police officers have also paid the price with their lives.
“In my adulthood I’m having to destroy all these things society really wants you to think,” Banks told the mag, on newsstands Friday. “The history textbooks in the U.S. are the worse if you’re not white. Young black kids should have their own special curriculum that doesn’t start from the boat right over from America.”
The rapper summed up what she recalled from her history lessons, “All you know as a black kid is we came over here on a boat, we didn’t have anything, and we still don’t have anything. But what was happening in Africa? What culture were we pulled away from? That information is vital to the survival of a young black soul.”
Still, angry tweets, gay bashing– ironically Banks has identified as bisexual — and candid accounts of racism is all hot air unless you’re on the ground actively working to make a change, instead of just talking about. It’s unclear what Banks’ activism work includes outside of her forthright expressions on all that is wrong in America, a country she intends to leave behind.
In fact, while New Yorkers took to the streets to protest the Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer, Daniel Pantaleo, for his role in Garner’s death, Banks was engaged in a Twitter war with Iggy Azalea.
“The race thing always comes up,” she said. “But I want to get there being very black and proud and boisterous about it.”
Man punched for refusing to discuss Ferguson shooting
by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON | MARCH 30, 2015
A man assaulted by three thugs for refusing to discuss the “Mike Brown situation” while riding the MetroLink in St. Louis last week has spoken out, saying that other passengers not only refused to help, but laughed throughout his ordeal.
The 43-year-old white victim was punched and kicked in the face after one of the attackers sat next to him and asked him what he thought about the “Mike Brown situation,” a reference to the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown last year which prompted widespread unrest and an increase in violence against police officers.
When the victim refused to discuss the issue, the violent assault began. The attackers left the train when a security officer boarded.
Responding to the incident, the unnamed victim told KMOV, “I think it was disgusting that no one [helped],” people were sort of laughing and smiling about it. No one offered to help and no one attempted to call 911.”
The victim suffered numerous injuries, including a laceration on his nose, bruising on his face and forehead as well as a broken bone in his hand.
Video footage of the assault features the person filming the incident laughing and also picks up the sound of passengers sat near the victim laughing.
The victim has started a GoFundMe campaign to help him buy a motorcycle so he doesn’t have to take the train. The money will also be used to help other victims of assault in the area.
Meanwhile, Cahokia resident Lamar Gines has offered a $500 dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspects, commenting, “I’m just fed up with it, just fed up with seeing that, I want to be one of the ones who puts a positive spin on the news. If it starts with me, then that’s what I’m here to do.”
BY MIKE SHEPARD
In order to get respect one must be willing to give it in return. Islamist demand respect from the world but do little to give respect back. If you are non Muslim you are an infidel in the eyes of Islam. I consider that offensive when one man thinks he is better than the next. Since we continue to hear of all the things that offend Islam we should take time to tell Islam what offends us. The Quran 65:4 says it’s ok rape, marry, and divorce pre-pubescent girls and most of us find that offensive. Quran 9:29 instructs Muslims to kill Jews, Christians, and non believers that don’t convert. Quran 9:111 tells Muslims to kill non-Muslims in order to get 72 virgins in heaven. Is Washington still trying to figure out why they picked that date to attack the World Trade Centers? We are all offended by those who wish to kill us but never hear Obama speak out about that.
The president has shown that he stands with Islam which means he does not stand with us. Islam has called for Jihad for over 800 years and that day is fast approaching. If Obama stands with Islam he is nothing more than a Jihadist in a suite. This country is offended that we have a president who stands up for a prophet but refuses to stand up for Americans. Islamist get offended by a cartoon but our president won’t stand up to those who murder the artist. We are offended that we have a president that hugs a racist like Al Sharpton while showing no respect for our fallen. The world is tired of protecting the feelings of a bunch of damned terrorist. The president said the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. I say the future of this country belongs to our kids not the traitor we have running this country. Keep protecting the feelings of these people and one day it will cost us our lives. God Bless America, and may He forever bless all that is good in this world. Semper Fi, Shep
DO BLACK LIVES REALLY MATTER?
Five people were killed and at least 15 other people were wounded since early Sunday afternoon during separate shootings across the city, authorities said.
In the latest shooting, two men were killed and one was injured around 3:10 a.m. Monday following a fight in a club in the 2200 block of North Ashland Avenue in the Bucktown neighborhood on the North Side, said Officer Hector Alfaro, a Chicago Police Department spokesman.
Elijah Moore, 41, was shot in the chest and Deonte Jackson, 34, suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Both were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
A 26-year-old man was shot in the wrist and taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where his condition stabilized, authorities said.
Two men were shot dead about 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the 5800 block of West North Avenue in the North Austin neighborhood on the West Side , said Officer Veejay Zala, a police spokesman.
The two were inside a vehicle traveling east on North Avenue when another car pulled up and an occupant fired shots, hitting the men, said Zala.
The vehicle they were in then crashed into a parked car, and the two were declared dead on the scene, according to Zala, who said no arrests have been made. A motive was not clear Sunday night.
According to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, the two men are Andre Chatman, 23, and Carey Hollis, 28. Both live in the 1000 block of North Mayfield Avenue.
Earlier, a 16-year-old boy died after being shot in the head around 12:52 p.m. Sunday in the 5800 block of West Patterson Avenue in the Portage Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side, Alfaro said.
The boy was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition, Alfaro said. The boy, identified by the medical examiner’s office as Giovanni Matos of the 500 block of West Henderson Street, was later pronounced dead at 4:39 p.m.
The Patterson shooting appears to have been a drive-by, police said.