In an interview with TMZ, Kanye West called slavery a choice. The 40-year-old rapper touched on his love for President Trump, his opioid use, liposuction, his recent tweets, and at one point said slavery “sounds like a choice.”
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years?! That sounds like a choice. Like, you were there for 400 years and it’s all of you all? You know, it’s like we’re mentally in prison. I like the word prison ’cause slavery goes too — too direct to the idea of blacks,” he said in the interview. “So prison is something that unites us as one race, blacks and whites being one race. We’re the human race.”
After the interview, West stood up in the TMZ newsroom and asked the staff if they thought he was “thinking free”.
TMZ reporter Van Lathan quickly shot back and called West’s comments the “absence of thought.” “I think what you’re doing right now is actually the absence of thought. And the reason why I feel like that is because, Kanye, you’re entitled to your opinion. You’re entitled to believe whatever you want. But there is fact, and real-world, real-life consequence behind everything that you just said,” Lathan said
Kanye later attempted to clarify his controversial slavery comments on twitter. “Of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will,” he tweeted. “My point is for us to have stayed in that position even though the numbers were on our side means we were mentally enslaved.”
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