#Cousins ; for the first time ever, rising artist #Normani has decided to speak on her former Fifth Harmony group member #CamilaCabello ‘s racist social media posts!
According to People Magazine; Normani, 23 directly addressed Camila’s multiple racist social media rants, language and behavior and how it affected her as a Black woman within a interview with Rolling Stone. Normani also speaks on the numerous occasions she personally endured bullying from fans because of her skin color.
Sources have confirmed that Normani forwarded a distinct and detailed statement within an email to the magazine in order for her words to not be misinterpreted.
“I want to be very clear about what I’m going to say on this uncomfortable subject and figured it would be best to write out my thoughts to avoid being misconstrued, as I have been in the past.”
“I struggled with talking about this because I didn’t want it to be a part of my narrative, but I am a black woman, who is a part of an entire generation that has a similar story.”
She continues, “I face senseless attacks daily, as does the rest of my community. This represents a day in the life for us. I have been tolerating discrimination far before I could even comprehend what exactly was happening. Direct and subliminal hatred has been geared towards me for many years solely because of the color of my skin.”
As for the racist post and behavior exhibited by Camila; Normani states, “It would be dishonest if I said that this particular scenario didn’t hurt me. It was devastating that this came from a place that was supposed to be a safe haven and a sisterhood, because I knew that if the tables were turned I would defend each of them in a single heartbeat.”
She goes on to state, “It took days for her to acknowledge what I was dealing with online and then years for her to take responsibility for the offensive states recently resurfaced . Whether or not it was her intention, this made me feel like I was second to the relationship that she had with her fans.”
“I don’t want to say that this situation leaves me hopeless because I believe that everyone deserves the opportunity for personal growth. I really hope that an important lesson was learned in this. I hope there is genuine understanding about why this was absolutely unacceptable.”
A few months ago Camila was dragged on social media after past racist tweets, Instagram stories and posts on her believed to be personal TUMBLR page resurfaced. “When I was younger, I used language that I’m deeply ashamed of and will regret forever.”
“I was uneducated and ignorant and once I became aware of the history and the weight and the true meaning behind this horrible language, I was deeply embarrassed I ever used it.”
The 22 year old singer goes on to state, “I would never intentionally hurt anyone and I regret it from the bottom of my heart. As much as I wish I could, I can’t go back in time and change things I said in the past. But once you know better, you do better and that’s all I can do.”