By Amanda Wicks
After Twitter suspended Azealia Banks’ account on May 13 for a series of racist tweets, she was none too happy about it. But eventually she turned around and offered an honest to goodness apology.
On Instagram, Banks admitted she let her anger get the best of her. She posted a direct message to everyone on Sunday (May 15), writing, “I want to extend my sincerest apologies to the world. Employing racial/sexual slurs/stereotypes in attempts to make fun of or degrade another person or group is absolutely unacceptable and is not fair or fun for anyone.”
That message takes a less defensive stance than Banks has been exhibiting since Twitter put her account on hold. Only two days prior, she tried to explain where she was coming from by going after Zayn Malik. Her tone seemed apologetic and humble, but it didn’t necessarily convey that in writing.
Banks wrote in the first of two back-to-back posts, “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.”
In her second post on the subject, she continued, “The white privileges he’s so eager to take part in do not apply to him. He’s colored, like me. His people suffer at the helm of white supremacy just like mine do. He has NO RIGHT to treat me as if I’m not “worthy” of anything, because the white privilege he’s reaching for does not apply to him.”
Whether she has actually turned over a new leaf, or has only appeared to do so in order to regain the use of her account remains to be seen. This isn’t the first time Banks has apologized in the past just to turn around and continue spewing messages of anger and hate. After getting into a social media fight with Sara Palin, Banks apologized but then picked right back where she left off upon learning Palin was threatening to sue her.