Kanye West claims that 400 years of slavery was a choice that black people get to make.
The Chicago rapper is under fire again for making more disparaging comments about black people and his love for Donald Trump. Kanye West popped up inside TMZ Live newsroom on Tuesday to chap this up with the celebrity website’s crew, but things quickly went downhill and folks are now saying that Ye is officially in a sunken place.
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years, for 400 years? That sound like a choice,” Kanye said. “You was there for 400 years, and it’s all of y’all? We’re mentally in prison. Slavery goes to direct to the idea of blacks. Slavery, Holocaust, Holocaust is Jews, slavery is blacks. Prison unites us as one race…We’re the human race.”
Kanye West also said he loves Trump and that the president is his “boy” which is another eyebrow-raising statement from one of the biggest voices in hip hop today. It’s almost embarrassing to watch the below video, but I would urge everyone to watch the exchange and I am proud of the response that Van Lathan gave in defense of the majority of black people who were offended by Kanye West’s remarks.
“I don’t think that you’re thinking free,” Van said. “I think what your thinking right now is the absence of thoughts and the reason why I feel like that is because Kanye you’re entitle to your opinion, your entitled to believe whatever you want. But there are facts and real world and real life consequence to what behind everything that you just said. While you’re making music and being an artist and living the life that you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us in the society have to deal with these threats to our lives. We have to deal with the marginalization of the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was a choice. Frankly, am disappointed, am appalled, and brother I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you’ve morphed into something to me that’s not real.”
Kanye West eventually told Van that he is sorry that he hurt him. We will see the full TMZ Live episode tomorrow.