Slavery Is A Choice – Kanye West
Rapper Kanye West, who recently showed his support for President Donald Trump, on Tuesday, stated that slavery is “a choice.”
The american rapper who at no point is shy of expressing himself, revealed this while having an interview which was aimed towards promoting his two upcoming albums.
“You hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” West told TMZ Live, the broadcast wing of the celebrity gossip site.
“We’re mentally in prison. I like the word ‘prison’ because slavery is too direct to the idea of blacks. Like Holocaust is Jews, slavery is blacks,” West said.
The statement made by the rapper caused a spark on Twitter, his favorite medium, and he was taken to task live by a TMZ employee who said he was “appalled.”
The 40-year-old rapper, designer and husband of reality television star Kim Kardashian re-emerged last month after a year-long absence that followed a purported mental breakdown.
He had clashes with many fellow artists but was embraced by conservative commentators and he also showed his support for Trump, who has since cited the rapper’s words as evidence of minority support.
In a separate interview with radio host Charlamagne tha God, West said he had not followed Trump’s policies but, “When I see an outsider infiltrate, I connect with that.”
West who in 2005 made headlines by saying that then president George W. Bush “doesn’t care about black people” is one of the few prominent African Americans to support Trump, who built his career by promoting unfounded conspiracy theories about former president Barack Obama’s birthplace.
Speaking to Charlamagne tha God, West revealed that he was angry that Obama invited other rappers to the White House such as Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z.
Obama, in off-record small talk with a reporter in 2009 that leaked, called West a “jackass” after the rapper disrupted the MTV Video Music Awards to say that Taylor Swift did not deserve her prize.
“You know, he never called me to apologize,” West said, explaining that Obama had met him and his mother before being elected president.
“The same person who sat down with me and my mom, I think should have communicated with me directly.”