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Azealia Banks' racially-charged beef with Iggy Azalea was fueled yet again on Wednesday, as hundreds took to the streets of New York City to protest a grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer who killed an unarmed black man and father of six, Eric Garner.
Banks, who is black, took to Twitter to unleash an expletive, racially charged rant about the white, Australian-born Azalea, best known for the No. 1 hit "Fancy," and protégé of T.I.. Banks, who has often insulted Azalea, on Wednesday called her "Igloo Australia," and later started posting anti-gay tweets.
That night, hundreds of people filled the streets of New York City to take part in several demonstrations to protest the grand jury decision that day. The officer who caused Garner's death had placed him in a chokehold and the NYPD had said he had resisted arrest after they tried to detain him for selling cigarettes illegally.
The ruling came a week after a similar decision was made in St. Louis over a white police officer's killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in the town of Ferguson. The case and ruling sparked racially-charged protests, local and national, heightened tensions across the country and raised questions about racial discrimination and possible police brutality.
"It's funny to see people Like Igloo Australia silent when these things happen..." Banks tweeted on Wednesday, hours after the Garner killing verdict was announced.
If you're down to ride with us bitch, you gotta RIDE ALL THE WAY," she added.
Banks then got nastier.
"LOL... I'M PETTY, but it's so true, ugh, that wannabe black girl s--t makes me wanna throw a jar of my p--- at her LMFAOOOO," she said, adding, "Like, fill a jar with p--- and mayo and eggs and just dump that s--t on that bitch's head LMFAOOOOOOO."
Azalea responded hours later, saying, "I see all hell broke loose while I was at rehearsals today."
"We've all read the script 49584068408540 billion times now, find a new game plan," she added.
She then promoted her upcoming tour, saying Nick Jonas will join her.
...and Banks then got into an argument with a writer who tweeted, "I blame T.I. for giving Iggy a pass into the culture that she actually cares nothing about."
"F u and the horse you rode in on this has nothing to do with the REAL issue and everything to do with someone's tired old S--T," the rapper added.
Meanwhile, Banks started tweeting directly at Azalea.
She also called her a derogatory name often directed at white rappers or fans of rap music and black culture and later, used an anti-gay slur repeatedly while arguing with gay blogger Perez Hilton.
As for Azalea, she finally did get political. She addressed the racially charged cases and protests while arguing with a University of South Florida student.
"The issue here is America's racist justice system & police force," she tweeted, adding. "I don't have anything to do with that my tweet is in regards to somebody trying to use my name & the actual problem to promote themselves via 'twitter beef.'"
She later added, "There's more to sparking a change than trolling on social media. World issues shouldn't be used as a poor excuse to promote fan battles."
"Make sure you do something to let YOUR government know how you feel when something is unjust., not JUST your followers on twitter..." she said. "Make sure you sign petitions, hit the streets and protest or donate to groups helping to support and rebuild the community too."
"Also try not to judge another's support or 'lack thereof' solely on if they have ranted on twitter about it, that's not right or helpful," she added. "The world is too hung up on what is or isn't said on twitter. There's an actual world out there and multiple ways you can promote change. Be mad but be productive, please! Night twitter kids. Peace be with you. xoxo."
Banks and Azalea have been feuding for at least two years. Banks made headlines in 2012 after she voiced her anger about Azalea being featured on the cover of XXL's Freshman issue.
Iggy Azalea on the XXL freshman list is all wrong.? AZEALIA ?? BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) February 28, 2012
"How can you endorse a white woman who called herself a 'runaway slave master'?" Banks continued, referring to lyrics in Azalea's track "D.R.U.G.S." "Sorry guys. But I'm pro black girl. I'm not anti-white girl, but I'm also not here for any1 outside of my culture trying to trivialize very serious aspects of it."
Banks reiterated her stance on Wednesday.
"Who told you that that is what black women act like? Who let you into the runaway slave masters club?" she tweeted. "How did you get in before me?!"
She also said, hours earlier, "The Media reminds me EVERYDAY that I am black, and the media reminds every day that things happen BECAUSE I am black. So I feel like I may have a tendency to be a bit more intense and aggressive (IN GENERAL) because of this looming fear that I may not be taken seriously, or thought to be an idiot, or just thought to be any number of things besides just a woman who happens to be black."
"Like, why are there so many f--king obstacles in the way of my life?" she said. "What could I have ever done to deserve this?"