Azealia Banks Attempts to Justify Her Skin Bleaching by Comparing It to Hair Weave

This is sad. This is so sad. Azealia Banks is literally out here roaming the streets looking like a powdered doughnut. The rapper recorded a Facebook Live session to explain/justify her recent skin bleaching procedures.

I don’t know if she’s trying to convince us or herself. But in the 21-minute video, she stumbles over her thoughts as she explains she’s simply trying to assimilate into our white-dominate society. Bleaching her skin “is just the continuation of the falsification of self that comes with being Black in America,” she says.

Yeah, OK girl.

She even compares whitening her skin to plastic surgery and hair weave.

“What’s the difference between getting your nose done and changing your skin color? What’s the difference between getting a hair weave and changing your skin color? Nobody was upset when I was wearing 30-inch weaves and tearing out my edges. You guys loved it, but what is the difference? I don’t understand what difference is, because there really isn’t a difference.”

People were shocked when Banks appeared on Periscope with noticeably lighter skin a few months ago. Banks has been extremely vocal about thoughts on race in America. She has been a champion for black people to overcome the obstacles stacked against the community and has also talked about colorism.

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Though she argues bleaching her skin does not negate her past statements regarding blackness, it seems like a slap in the face to me. She seemed proud of her milk chocolate skin for the longest time. Then all of sudden, she wants to pass the “paper bag test” in the hopes being accepted and becoming more successful.

Between this, her never-ending Twitter beefs, and homophobic statements, Banks is too much for me to handle. Her and Rachel Dolezal can both sit down somewhere and have an intellectual discussion about blackness for all I’m concerned.

  • Amy Falconer

    No hate, no shame. It’s really sad to see anyone rejecting their skin tone, but honestly she’s not wrong. We live in a white supremacist society. If we’re going to survive, we have to assimilate as best we can.

  • Raenemaker

    Amy, I’d say that I hear you, but Azalea has been calling other there celebrities for Blackness misappropriation for a few years so her bleaching her skin is BS of the highest magnitude

  • Courtney Saint Alexander Ellis

    No matter what you do you can’t lie to yourself and you will always be you no matter what, so I guess bleach away if that’s your fantasy. There are other ways to assimilate into a culture, such as cleaning up your own communities and getting the riff raff out. Telling your children to get an education and instead of following those who would promote violence and hate follow the ones who would strive for education and understanding; for after all the mere parting of information is not education ( Carter G. Woodson said that). Understanding who you are is very important. He also said this: “As another has well said, to handicap a student by teaching him that his black face is a curse and that his struggle to change his condition is hopeless is the worst sort of lynching.” I remember reading about Malcolm X and how my dad said these guys used to put lye in their hair to make it “lay down” like the white people’s hair. So it doesn’t surprise me that we now have people who are attempting to lighten their skin to fit in. So I will leave you with this last quote and ask that you never bleach away that which God has so graciously given you. It may be well to repeat here the saying that old men talk of what they have done, young men of what they are doing, and fools of what they expect to do. The Negro race has a rather large share of the last mentioned class.”