Kanye West tried to downplay slavery by saying 400 years of it was a choice, and of course, he would get a pvblic backlash.
Yeezy once rapped that he missed the old Kanye, something to acknowledge his fans’ complaint about his behavior.
“I miss the old Kanye, straight from the Go Kanye/ Chop up the soul Kanye, set on his goals Kanye,” West raps in “I Love Kanye” from his 2016 album “The Life of Pablo”. “I hate the new Kanye, the bad mood Kanye/ The always rude Kanye, spaz in the news Kanye.”
Well, we guess his fans miss the old ‘Ye too because people aren’t happy about his recent behavior, grabbing the pvblic’s attention too many times in a week, we suppose, with him wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap, or tweeting about his admiration for US President Donald Trump and even calling him “my brother”. This new one is the cherry on top.
During Tuesday’s TMZ Live broadcast, Kanye stated: “When you hear about slavery for 400 years … for 400 years? That sounds like a choice. You was there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all? It’s like we’re mentally imprisoned.”
His comments had evoked a response from TMZ staffer Van Lathan. Lathan is an African-American employee who just so happened to be in the newsroom during the time of ‘Ye’s rant.
“Do you feel like I’m thinking free and feeling free,” West asked the people in the newsroom.
“I actually don’t think you’re thinking anything,” Lathan responded. “I think what you’re doing right now is actually the absence of thought.”
He did validate West’s right to his free opinion, however, he noted that there are “real-world, real-life consequence behind everything that you just said.”
“And while you are 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 these threats to our lives,” Lathan added. “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.”
“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’s not real,” Lathan ended.
The rapper’s comments had created a twitter hashtag #IfSlaveryWasAChoice which just brought Kanye down even more:
— Jay? (@goldengirljay) May 2, 2018
Me moving to Massa Johnson’s plantation cuz he got a better slave benefits package pic.twitter.com/cqDE2OT7Sx
— CiCi Adams? (@CiCiAdams_) May 2, 2018
After the backlash on social media, he tried to clarify his statements on Twitter, saying he knew slaves didn’t have 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,” he wrote in a series of now-deleted tweets.
“The reason why I brought up the 400 years 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 an idea.”
Famous personalities like Will.i.am. and Nas Daily have spoken up about the issue. Will says Kanye’s comments about slavery are harmful.
“That statement was one of the most ignorant statements that anybody that came from the hood could ever say about their ancestors, that slavery is a choice. What are you talking about?”
While Nas has created a 1-minute video to clearly say that he does not agree with the rapper, adding that ‘Ye is “arrogant and ignorant and there’s nothing to celebrate in that.”
“The world needs more humility, respect, and facts — all of which are not found in these people [like Kanye] are not found.”
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