Hip Hop Mogul Kanye West has gone viral after setting the record straight during an interview with TMZ, saying that “Slavery for 400 years is a Choice,”
The Independent: Kanye West has suggested that slavery in the United States was a choice by those enslaved, prompting a black TMZ reporter to challenge him in a heated exchange for his recent comments.
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice!” Kanye said during an interview before the confrontation.
“Like, you was there for 400 years, and it’s all y’all? You know, it’s like, we’re mentally in prison. I like the word prison because slavery goes too direct to the idea of blacks,” Kanye continued.
“Prison is something that unites us as one race. Blacks and whites being one race,” he continued. “That we’re the human race,”
The comments followed after the hip-hop artist reactivated his Twitter account and began posting a series of tweets that drew heavy criticism. In some of the tweets he praised President Donald Trump, and went so far as to post a picture of himself wearing a Make America Great Again hat.
Watch Kanye West’s Controversial Interview With TMZ:
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Kanye West speaks with TMZ then this happens… thoughts? pic.twitter.com/gZIhh5NfRD
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In the wake of West’s comments suggesting that “slavery was a choice,” some satirized the remarks, by way of expressing how ahistorical they felt the comments were. #IfSlaveryWasAChoice https://t.co/bY1IYYrMN0
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Let’s spread love today and not channel so much hate towards Kanye West pic.twitter.com/KIFL41PnVC
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