Kanye West Clarifies His Slavery Remarks
“To make myself clear. Of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will.”
Kanye West continues to make headlines after his bizarre return to Twitter and questionable interviews. After remaining relatively out of the spotlight, aside from popping up on the streets in new YEEZY colorways, Ye took the time to drop by TMZ on Tuesday. During the interview West claimed that slavery was a choice stating, “When you hear about slavery for 400 years, for 400 years?! That sounds like a choice. Like, you was there for 400 years and it was all of y’all?”
After his comment went viral, West jumped right back on Twitter to clarify his statement. “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.” West continued, “the reason why I brought up the 400 year 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 and idea.”
West continued by saying he felt like he was “being attacked for presenting new ideas” and that “they hung the most powerful in order to force fear into the others. They can no longer stop our voice.”
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