Kanye calls slavery a choice

On Tuesday, Kanye West continued to hurt his image and his fans with outrageous statements about slavery.

In an interview at TMZ headquarters Kanye said this about slavery

“When you hear about slavery for 400 years … For 400 years? That sounds like a choice, “West said. “You were there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all. It’s like we’re mentally imprisoned.”

Van Lathan of TMZ responded to his remarks afterwords

“While you were 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 those threats to our lives,” Lathan said. “We have to deal with the marginalization that’s come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was a choice.”

Lathan later said, “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 is not real.”

Kanye later attempted to explain his slavery claim in a tweet.

“To make myself clear, of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will. 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.”

This tweet has since been deleted.

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