Kanye West has sparked outrage in the black community around the world after saying the 400-year-old slavery of blacks was a “choice”.
The 40-year-old rapper stopped by TMZ Live today for a wide-ranging interview that not only touched on his opioid addiction and liposuction, but also had him declaring that slavery was “a choice.”
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years — for 400 years?!” he said. “That sounds like a choice.”
West continued, “Like, you was there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all? You know like, it’s like we’re mentally in prison. I like the word ‘prison’ because slavery goes too direct to the idea of blacks. It’s like slavery, Holocaust. Holocaust, Jews. Slavery is blacks. So prison is something that unites us as one race, blacks and whites being one race. That we’re the human race.”
Kim Kardashian’s husband later asked the TMZ newsroom if they thought he was “being free” and “thinking free.” One staffer, Van Lathan, stood up and challenged West in a moment that is quickly going viral.
“You’re entitled to believe whatever you want, but there is fact and real-world, real-life consequence behind everything you just said,” Lathan exclaimed. “While you are making music and being an artist and living the life that you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives. We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was a choice.”
Source: Yahoo News