Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

#IfSlaveryWasAChoice marks bad week for Kanye West

'400 years of slavery sounds like a choice': How people responded to Kanye West 'It's Crippling to See What's Happened.' Why TMZ Producer Confronted Kanye West Over Slavery Claims
Ginger Lopez | 03 May, 2018, 16:03

On Tuesday's edition of Fox & Friends, hosts highlighted Kanye West's recent public embrace of President Trump and offensive ideas like the notion slavery was a "choice". "It's like we're mentally in prison", he said. Slavery goes to direct to the idea of blacks.

Another said: 'Black men being beaten & raped, Black Women being beaten & raped, black families destroyed and broken, Black people over worked never paid, Black kids forced into illiteracy, Black people burned, dragged, whipped, hung & beaten to death yet Kanye West says slavery was a choice'.

"Prison is something that unites us as one race, blacks and whites being one race", he continued.

He enraged many fellow artists - but was embraced by conservative commentators - as he praised Trump, who has since cited the rapper's words as evidence of minority support. Like, you were there for 400 years and it's all of you all? Still, Lathan said he believes it's important to give people the ability to change, whether or not you agree with them- and it's not as simple as just saying something is wrong with them when it happens.

The cast then went on to commend Lathan for how he handled expressing his opposition to West as well as describing the importance of having a diverse newsroom so that ill-informed opinions like "slavery was a choice" do not become an accepted notion.




Weren't y'all calling Kanye West a genius not too long ago?

The rapper appeared on celebrity news outlet TMZ this week to do a live interview in which he discussed his love for his "bro" Donald Trump, free thought and slavery.

But soon after the video was published, West made a taped appearance at TMZ headquarters, touching on numerous same points at a higher emotional frequency. "The reason why I brought up the 400 years point is because we can't be mentally imprisoned for another 400 years".

"I felt a freedom in, first of all, just doing something that everybody tells you not to do", he told TMZ. Although his logic was faulty and uniformed, Kanye presented himself as an earnest, well-intentioned free-thinker whose core beliefs are rooted in idealism as opposed to batshit rightwing conspiracy theories.

His comments sparked a backlash on social media with some Twitter users suggesting the rapper should revisit the history books.

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