"This Looting trend is counter productive" - Azealia Banks tackles Black Lives Matter protesters

American singer, Azealia Amanda Banks has spoken out against the recent spate of violence and lootings that have followed the Black Lives Matter protests and riots over the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Blake, a 29-year-old African-American man was hit by four of seven shots fired towards his back during an arrest by Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey, on Sunday.

The incident occurred in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 23, 2020, as police officers were attempting to arrest Blake over a domestic violence dispute.

The shooting has sparked a wave of protests in recent days, some of which have turned violent and looting across a number of other US cities, including Portland, Oregon and in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where the police killing of unarmed black man George Floyd in May sparked Black Lives Matter protests across the US and globally.

US President Donald Trump has since sent federal law enforcement to Kenosha to combat "looting, arson, violence, and lawlessness on American streets".

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers also said that he had authorised 500 National Guard troops to support law enforcement efforts amid concerns about further violence.

In a lengthy post on social media, Azealia Banks, an African-American, said stealing expensive items merely sent a message that 'we aren't really angry or in need, we just want to be destructive'

The rapper Azealia Banks, who is famously outspoken on things that don't sit right with her, in an Instagram post, voiced her opinions on people breaking into stores and stealing expensive goods, saying "looting is f**king pointless."

"I understand looting necessities like foodstuff, gasoline, toiletries, it would even make more sense to loot FBI case file rooms, a CIA Headquarters or a gun store," she said.

"But looting for Nikes and blouses and consumer electronics and designer watches is a clear indication of 'We don't know what to do with ourselves/we aren't really angry or in need/we just want to be destructive.'"

The singer continued, "It sends no clear message to Black people and an even clearer message of cowardice to governments, authorities and white hegemony. It says to them 'yeah they'll storm the clothing store but won't dare storm the precinct.' Extremely counterproductive."

The rapper further outlined her stance, saying: "This Looting trend is pointless and counter productive. I promise you that you are not shaking the table/shaking anyone up by destroying the local Nordstrom rack/Nike store/best buy.

"Very soon all consumer goods will have paper thin tracking devices installed and the re-sale of stolen goods will not be an option, so an excuse of financial desperation or simply being fed-up will no longer be viable.

"If this is how any members of the black populace, or black lives matter movement finds it correct to properly “dismantle capitalism,” y’all really should just stay home.

She also said this was in effect making things worse: "These companies have insurance policies that will absolutely afford them the opportunity to re-acquire what’s been lost, meaning: all of those made in Pakistan/made in Sri Lanka/made in Haiti dresses you stole means poor Black and Brown people in other countries go back to cramped sewing factories during a global pandemic to make new ones.

"All them diamond necklaces and Rolexes you stole means little kids in Africa are sent back into mines and caves to dig for more diamonds/gold/emeralds etc. This is an absolutely pointless strategy."

She later added that she was aware of the bigger picture and issues surrounding the BLM protests, suggesting that the movement has been hijacked.

"Edit: to avoid confusion, the black lives matter movement, has an immense amount of white faces this go-round. I made sure to state 'Black populace or black lives matter movement,' to indicate that I am COMPLETELY aware of how African American grievance has been 100% hi-jacked and commodified by white folk via big tech.

"I know they are looting too! I know they are there to instigate, perplex, and most importantly-SURVEIL.

"I needed to make it clear that I now see BLM as a commodified/palatable way for white hegemony and the status quo to engage black grievances & virtue signal all the while maintaining their collective financial dominance and generationally accrued assets."


This Looting trend is pointless and counter productive. I promise you that you are not shaking the table/shaking anyone up by destroying the local Nordstrom rack/Nike store/best buy. Very soon all consumer goods will have paper thin tracking devices installed and the re-sale of stolen goods will not be an option, so an excuse of financial desperation or simply being fed-up will no longer be viable. If this is how any members of the black populace, or black lives matter movement finds it correct to properly “dismantle capitalism,” y’all really should just stay home. These companies have insurance policies that will absolutely afford them the opportunity to re-acquire what’s been lost, meaning: all of those made in Pakistan/made in Sri Lanka/made in haiti dresses you stole means poor black and brown people in other countries go back to cramped sewing factories during a global pandemic to make new ones. All them Diamond necklaces and rolexes you stole means little kids in Africa are sent back into mines and caves to dig for more diamonds/gold/emeralds etc. This is an absolutely pointless strategy. Edit: to avoid confusion, the black lives matter movement, has an immense amount of white faces this go round. I made sure to state “black populace or black lives matter movement,” to indicate that I am COMPLETELY aware of how African American grievance has been 100% hi-jacked and commodified by white folk via big tech. I know they are looting too! I know they are there to instigate, perplex and most importantly-SURVEIL. I needed to make it clear that I now see BLM as a commodified/palatable way for white hegemony and the status quo to engage black grievances & virtue signal all the while maintaining their collective financial dominance and generationally accrued assets.
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