Cardi B might be topping charts, but the “Bodak Yellow” singer says she still continues to experience everyday racism. In a recent video that has since been deleted from her Instagram page, the singer claims that she and her crew were booted from a hotel over the weekend after staff accused them of smoking weed. The hip hop artist has ardently denied the allegations and countered them by accusing the hotel’s staff of racism.
In a lengthy video posted to her Instagram page, the singer explains how she was kicked out of her hotel early Sunday morning.
The rapper and her crew were in Albany for a show and planned to spend the night at a Hilton Hotel in Albany. According to Cardi, she and her team were woken up in the middle of the night by hotel staffers that accused them of creating a smell that permeated their floor. Cardi claims that “everybody on the floor” who was not apart of her group was “caucasian,” and that police determined she and her team had been responsible without ever giving their rooms a sweep for proof of any kind and ultimately kicked them out. In a video the captures the moment the rapper makes her exit out of the hotel, Cardi can be seen calling the hotel’s staff “racist.” “I don’t wanna be the one to pull the race card,” Cardi says at one point in her own video clip, “but, like, that is the only explanation that I could f*cking find.”
At the start of her self-made video, Cardi says “Albany is known for being racist.”
So me & my team got kicked out of this hotel in Albany cause my floor smell like weed mine You I hate weed & nikkas do not smoke it
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) October 22, 2017
“The floor that I was staying in in my hotel room, it smelled like weed. So the cops came in the middle of the night, knocking on my manager and on my door, talking about that we were smoking weed and we gotta get kicked out,” Cardi explains after claiming that she was actually attempting to recover from a cold. “Now, if you know me, I don’t even talk about smoking weed because everybody knows that I do not smoke weed — I get very paranoid. And none of my team members smoke weed. If they was to kick us out for something else, all right, but for weed? I’m not taking that, because we do not smoke. I could get — we could all get drug-tested. Nobody smokes. Nobody smokes, especially when I’m sleeping and I’m wild sick.”
Allegations against Cardi B and her crew are still up in the air.
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As of today, the hotel has declined to comment on the incident and so far only Cardi B has spoken up about it. Still, the rapper’s tale highlights an ongoing problem faced by minority groups. According to the ACLU, people of color are 3.73 times more likely than non people of color to be arrested for marijuana possession. When it comes to conviction and sentencing for people of color in New York those numbers also go up way way more than they do for white people. The gap that divides the number of arrests faced by women of color versus white women is also vast. The incarceration rate for Black women is four times that of white women and 16% of today’s female prisoners identify as Latina.
There’s no doubt institutional racism continues to be a very real issue plaguing our country. Here’s hoping all of us, continue the fight against the systematic racism that only keeps us from growth. Hotel security too.
Watch the moment Cardi B gets escorted out of the hotel.