Kanye West's Slavery Remarks: The Harshest Responses

Will.i.am, Spike Lee have a major problem with them, and they're not alone
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2018 11:37 AM CDT

(Newser) – To say Kanye West has had a week would be some kind of understatement. News that he fired his manager and tweets about his shared "dragon energy" with President Trump were just the crescendo leading up to a Tuesday interview with TMZ Live that left even TMZ incredulous. Though West revealed he has battled an opioid addiction in the wake of liposuction surgery, the real headline-maker was his comments about slavery, chief among them: "When you hear about slavery for 400 years, for 400 years, that sounds like a choice." The reaction hasn't stopped. The latest:

  • West took to Twitter Tuesday night to clarify and elaborate: "to make myself clear. Of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will," he tweeted. "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," he continued.
  • A further selection of his many tweets include him saying, "the universe has a plan. I knew that TMZ would be awesome," and comparing himself to Harriet Tubman and Nat Turner, writing, "if this was 148 years ago I would have been more like Harriet or Nat." As for "the reason why I brought up the 400 years point," he writes, "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 an idea."

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