Kanye West has stirred controversy by bizarrely suggesting that African-American slavery was “a choice” in a eyebrow raising new interview.
West decided to visit to TMZ Live and touched on a number of topics but predominantly spent most of his time talking about Donald Trump and what a big fan he is of the president.
The rapper then said the following on the topic of slavery: “When you hear about slavery for 400 years… For 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” Kanye remarked. “You were there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all. It’s like we’re mentally imprisoned.”
“It’s like we’re mentally imprisoned. I like the word ‘imprisoned’ because slavery goes too directly to the idea of blacks … so prison is something that unites us as one race. Blacks and whites being one race. That we’re the human race.”
Later, Kanye sought to clarify his comments on Twitter, saying: “My point is for us to have stayed in that position even though the numbers were on our side means that we were mentally enslaved.” However, the initial damage caused by his comments had already been done.
Black people, as history reliably confirms, were forcibly sent from Africa to the US during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries to be sold as slaves.
Kanye West stirs up the TMZ newsroom over TRUMP, SLAVERY and FREE THOUGHT. There's A LOT more that went down … and the fireworks are exploding on @TMZLive today. Check your local listings for show times. pic.twitter.com/jwVsJCMPiq
— TMZ (@TMZ) May 1, 2018
“I just love Trump. That’s my boy,” West moved on. “So many rappers [used to] love Trump, but then he get into office, and now they don’t love him. Trump is one of rap’s favourite people.”