Banks airs views on American immigration on social media, before indicating she's looking to encourage debate
Azealia Banks has posted a short statement to her Instagram in which she asks “Is it bad that I sort of agree with Trump’s stance on immigration?”
Posting the statement under the heading ‘discuss’ on her Twitter account, Banks talked about immigration in the context of slavery reparations. She later posted a second image in which she called her first statement “just a social experiment.”
Donald Trump is campaigning for a Republican Presidental nomination in 2016 and his manifesto includes a tightening of America’s borders with regards to immigrantion.
In the first image, Banks stated “Is it bad that I sort of agree with Trump’s stance on immigration? Not for any reason other than black Americans still not having been paid reparations for slavery and the influx of INTERNATIONAL immigrants (not just Mexicans) are sucking up the state aid, and government money, space in schools, quality of life etc.???”
“It’s selfish, but America has really been good at convincing me that everyone else’s problems are more important than my own. I want my fucking money. Me first. Thoughts?”
Banks later followed the post with a second that talks about the “big American problem”, and references the first: “The BIG American Problem is made up of MILLIONS of small problems,” she added. “In order to solve the big American problem, we must simplify it.”
“I think the media does an amazing job at presenting all problems at once with graphics and background music and handsome TV anchors and it’s easy to lump everything together and not have a real sense of where YOU stand.”
“My previous Insta was just a social experiment… I wanted to post an abstract view of the situation because I don’t think the topic is being explored as IN DEPTH as it should…”
Finally, in a third image, Banks added: “My true feelings are that the reason for the Black Man’s current misfortune is because of having too much fucking compassion and always giving people the benefit of the doubt/ helping others fight their causes. Always trying to be nice and include others in our cultures/ customs.”
“Read about King Joao of the Congo. Look at what white feminists did to black women after we helped them gain the right to vote… There are many other instances in history like this. Self-preservation is key.”
She also clarified: “You all missed the point. I’m not supporting Trump,” adding that, “the American dream is supported by a systematically oppressed underclass.”
Last month, Banks told her Twitter followers that she’s unable to release new material until March 2016, due to a dispute with her record label.