There is a blatant double standard when racist language is used against Irish people as a US rapper did this week, but shouldn’t racism be called out wherever it comes from?
Rapper Azealia Banks has been making quite a name for herself in Ireland in recent days after being booted off an Aer Lingus flight to Dublin from London for misbehavior. Her subsequent rants against Irish people in general read like the outpouring of some sick mind bent on demeaning and belittling all Irish people.
"I've worked too hard in my life to be cornered by some ugly Irish bitch. Like, all these ugly Irish women here," Banks said on Instagram referring to Aer Lingus staff.
It’s not the first time she has been abusive to airline crews. On a Delta flight in 2015, she abused a male flight attendant calling him a homophobic slur.
We Irish were used to hearing insults for centuries but hardly from a black rapper from Harlem.
Just imagine for one moment if it were an Irish performer who was using such language about black people.
The political correctness police would swoop like vultures, all out condemnation would follow, boycotts, outrage, and demands to be charged with hate speech.
Here’s what Banks said:
Referencing the Great Famine of Ireland, from 1845-49, which saw one million Irish people die from starvation and disease, she wrote to one follower:
Responding to another follower in another offensive comment, she wrote: "Because most of you can't talk or write lol."
"You lot are a bunch of prideful inbred leprechauns who have ZERO global influence and ZERO white privilege. The rest of the world's white folk don't want to associate with you lot at all and it's because you are barbarians."
Continuing her rant, she wrote: "I'm happiest knowing the Irish are quarantined on an isle so they can continue to inbreed and keep their defective genes away from humanity."
Now substitute the word black for Irish in the above comments, substitute slavery for famine substitute monkeys for leprechauns and you get some sense of how insulting and demeaning the comments would be to a black audience, and rightly so.
So, where's the outrage? Racism is racism whether it comes from white or black people, in this case. Are we supposed to run a blind eye because she’s a “performer” and gets a free pass?
Or is it because she is African American and therefore immune from all criticism for her mean spirited and vicious taunts of Irish people?
We are subhuman, inbred with defective genes, we are barbarians and we can’t talk or write (the last comment is particularly hilarious).
And you Ms. Banks are a spoilt racist brat surrounded by enablers who allow you to act in such a disgusting and offensive manner.
The Irish are not alone in feeling her perverted wrath. She has used anti-gay slurs and advised a fellow rapper to commit suicide. This is one sick puppy.
Racism is racism whatever source it comes from. Black racists are just as bad as White ones and Ms. Banks offers proof they exist.