Kanye West Suggests Slavery "Sounds Like A Choice"


Look, Kanye isn't really doing himself any favours at the moment is he?

Just a quick recap: Kanye re-activated his Twitter account a few weeks ago and everyone was like, "yay! Kanye!" Then he started tweeting pro-Trump sentiments and photos of himself wearing a Make America Great Again hat and everyone was like, "Uhh. Kanye?"

On Tuesday Kanye stopped by the TMZ offices for a chat alongside Candace Owens, a conservative commentator and Youtuber.

During his time there, West poured love onto U.S. President Donald Trump and went on to espouse some pretty edgy thoughts, some of which riled up the TMZ staff leading to an awkward confrontation for the hip-hop artist.

"I just love Trump. That's my boy!"

"When you hear about slavery for 400 years," West said, "For 400 years? That sounds like a choice".

"It's like we're mentally imprisoned. I like the word 'imprisoned' because slavery goes too directly to the idea of blacks ... so prison is something that unites us as one race. Blacks and whites being one race. That we're the human race."

West then went on to ask the room if they understood that he was a "free thinker". TMZ's Van Lathan took the opportunity to confront West on his comments, all of which was captured on tape.

"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.

We have to deal with the marginalisation 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'm unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something, to me, that's not real."

After Lathan's confrontation West approached him saying, "I'm sorry I hurt you," while Lathan continued to voice his disappointment.

West then hopped back onto Twitter where he began positioning himself as, again, a free thinker being somehow maligned by the media.

The William Lynch theory referred to by West is a speech that was supposedly delivered around 1712 in Virginia by Willie Lynch who spoke about how to control slaves by setting them against each other.

The Lynch theory essentially boiled down to keeping slaves physically strong by psychologically weak as well as creating a sense of distrust between them. West draws parallels between the Lynch speech

West also attempted to clarify his comments regarding slavery saying, "It was just an idea".

West also coined his movement the "overground hell road", a reference to the underground railroad, a system of safe houses and pathways across the United States used by slaves to escape into free states.

He and Owens both also tweeted a quote by Harriet Tubman.

West also posted an almost two-hour long interview between himself and radio host Charlamagne Tha God.

In it the 40-year-old spoke about his 2016 breakdown, how the robbery of his wife Kim Kardashian weighed on him, the repercussions of the now infamous Taylor Swift moment from the 2009 Video Music Awards, an opioid addiction and his desire for an apology from Obama.

While the reactions to West's recent outspokenness has definitely been mixed, it looks like he's not planning to shy away from the spotlight any time soon.

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