Kanye West said that slavery in the United State was a “choice” by those enslaved, causing so much controversy on social media. During an interview with TMZ, he said “When you hear about slavery for 400 years ... for 400 years? That sounds like a choice.” “We're mentally imprisoned,” he added. He also recently made headlines for his support for President Trump.
Kanye West tweeted that his comments had been misinterpreted and that he “brought up the 400 years point because we can't be mentally imprisoned for another 400 years.” To the interviewers at TMZ, Kanye said that “right now we're choosing to be enslaved,” which provoked an angry response from a black member of staff at the company, Van Lathan. Mr Lathan said the rapper's comments appeared to be made with “the absence of thought.” “You're entitled to believe whatever you want, but there is fact and real-world, real-life consequence behind everything that you just said,” he added as the star stood still stroking his chin. “We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was a choice,” Mr Lathan added, “I'm appalled and brother I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something to me that isn't real.” Kanye West also referred to Mr Trump as “my boy” and says the president is “one of rap's favorite people.”