""When you hear about slavery for 400 years, for 400 years?! That sounds like a choice," the rapper said.
Shortly after, Ye's controversial comments went viral, and he hopped on Twitter to clarify what he was trying to say.
to make myself clear. Of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 1, 2018
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— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 1, 2018
They cut out our tongues so we couldn't communicate to each other. I will not allow my tongue to be cut— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 1, 2018
the reason why I brought up the 400 years point is because we can't be mentally imprisoned for another 400 years. We need free thought now. Even the statement was an example of free thought It was just an idea— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 1, 2018
According to Kanye's twitter, he didn't mean any harm when he was talking about slavery, but we'll leave that up to the public to determine his true intention.
If you though that was the end of it , its not. The rapper got into a heated discussion with a TMZ employee Van Lathan about West’s behavior, and how it is being perceived by the Black community, Lathan stated
“Frankly, I’m disappointed, I’m appalled and, brother, I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something, to me, that’s not real.”
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