I've never liked rapper Azealia Banks. I can't relate to much of her music, her social-media hissy fits are annoying, and her political views are saddening. But while I can't agree with most of her thought processes, I've always respected her courage to speak up on issues that affect women of color. But, now my heart has changed. The year-old's latest social-media rant drew comparisons to colorism that were off-putting and struck a nerve within my core. Over the weekend, Banks posted a minute video on Facebook where she described skin lightening as akin to undergoing cosmetic surgery and wearing weaves. Nobody was upset when I was wearing inch weaves and tearing my edges out and doing all types of shit like that. You guys loved it.
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By Lucy Mapstone for MailOnline. Azealia Banks has defended bleaching her skin. Scroll down for video. Filming herself for a Facebook Live - entitled 'Skin lightening' - she began: 'I don't think it's important to discuss the cultural significance of skin bleaching anymore. There are things you accept. This has become the norm because it's happening all the time.
On Friday, controversial rapper Azealia Banks took a pretty bizarre break from her bike ride in order to film a Facebook Live video defending her decision to bleach her skin. Rationalizing that skin bleaching is just another form of "assimilation", Banks then cynically and somewhat confusingly declared that it is no longer "important to discuss the cultural significance of skin bleaching. You guys loved it. This has become the norm because it's happening all the time. The two don't correlate. She then continued to defend her rationale in the following days, posting several Facebook statuses centering around reparations. Me having an Afro puff or dark skin is not going to stop a police officer from gunning down innocent citizens. Banks then ended the discussion earlier today by arguing that choosing to bleach her skin isn't necessarily the product of Eurocentric beauty standards, writing "Maybe I want to look like Pocahontas? Maybe I'm going for Cleopatra. Or maybe I want to look like a black girl who use s lightening creams.