Kanye West Attempts to Clarify Controversial Slavery Comments

During Kanye West’s Tuesday afternoon appearance on the latest episode of TMZ Live with TMZ founder Harvey Levin, he made some comments about slavery that drew immediate backlash. “When you hear about slavery for 400 years—for 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” he said. “Like, you were there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all? 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.”

After the clip surfaced, Kanye attempted to clarify his comments. “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 we were mentally enslaved.”

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42 thoughts on “Kanye West Attempts to Clarify Controversial Slavery Comments

  1. Slavery is a choice but it’s not the black persons choice it’s the slave’s master’s choice and btw Everything is a CHOICE

  2. What did he clarify? Now kanye is saying "the numbers were on our side however we were mentally enslaved". He is still saying our ancester choose to stay slaves instead of taking a stance. He didnt clear up shit. If you've watched the Nat Turner movie it showed how slaves tried to rebel and the "war" last less than 24hrs, WHY? because the slaves didn't have numbers, resources or weapons to go against Thurs suppressors before the slaves were defeated. He said what he meant and that's it. The excuses need to stop. If he said the shit about the holocaust… Boy oh boy. There would be riots in the streets.

  3. The funny thing is that fake Harriet Tubman quote has been believed to be specifically created to push the very narrative that slavery was self imposed

  4. Im not making light of this… i think Kanye may have an intellectual disability of some sort, this is not a political statement… this guy is a genius with the mic but he is not all there. If you look at his eyes while debating, he doesn’t have all his marbles

  5. What Ye should've did was clarify what he said from the get go. Hollywood turned his ass out to the point that his words lose traction…..For his sake, I hope he continues to deprogram!!!! Pretty sure his circles will suck him right back in to senselessness!!!! Cant serve 2 masters Yeezy!!!! You know what you've done behind close doors for success!!!! It wasnt just hard work dude!!!!!

  6. If you’re wrongly accused of a crime x get sent to prison for 10 years. Would you sit in prison x not rebel because you fear getting in “trouble”, or risk your life rebelling x plotting your escape? Mental prison is real. Choosing not to do something because you fear the consequences is a mental choice. None of the slaves were any different than Harriett Tubman x she CHOSE to get tf out regardless of the consequences.

  7. Blacks hate hard work, responsibility, and the truth. Much easy to make excuses than improve yourself in silence. Ye is right. If you still buy and sell the victim story then you played yourself. Youre still a slave mentally and you lack what it takes to step out of the crowds and be different. Peer pressured to speak a cwrtain way and be a certain way. It all holds you back. Go vote Democrat some more and cry about shit that never happened to you personally. The rest of us never cared and will never care. Sack up and stfu. Move in silence or be a bitch. Your call.

  8. What he said was disgusting but I think he’s trying to say that as a black community we need to stop playing victim and move on from our dark past and focus on the future and how we can change things that are happening now . How can we progress if the past keeps on dragging us down . What is thinking about our past going to change things ?

  9. kanye never went to school, black people never outnumbered the white population ever in the history of american, i am ashamed i listen his music, if i owned a yeezys and were my last shoes i will would still burn them.

  10. I just wish people would stop treating Kanye like he is the hot girl at the party. the dude has absolutely nothing to say. in the TMZ video you can literally see him stumbling all over his own words trying to speak coherent sentences. stop giving him a pass acting like he is some intellectual genius, hey World, I got a little brain shattering knowledge for ya. BEING A GREAT MUSICIAN DOES NOT MAKE YOU A PHILISOPHICAL GENIUS. because sure, the guy has made great music, but that doesn't validate any of his personal views one bit.

  11. Slavery was a choice, them mfs on them boats CHOSE not to fight back, They CHOSE to be beaten and taken by will, Thats they fault, same go for my ancestors but that was then… this is now.. and ian no bitch like my ancestors💯💯💯

  12. I miss the old Kanye
    Spoken word and poems Kanye
    Nowaday I don't know Kanye
    Put down your phone Kanye!
    I hate the new Kanye
    Hate them ugly ass shoes Kanye
    Hate political views Kanye
    You endorsing who Kanye?
    Not Donald Trump Kanye
    Man what the f*** Kanye??
    I gotta to say will you just shut your black ass up Kanye!?
    Will you stop tweeting Kanye!?
    Looks like you tweaking Kanye
    You joke about sunken place but are you sinking Kanye!?
    But we still love Kanye…
    Are you on drugs Kanye?
    Are you lacking love Kanye?
    Do you need a hug Kanye?
    What if Kanye took a day and just was Kanye?
    We don't need all the extras bruh….
    We just love Kanye
    That's all it is Kanye
    We still love Ye' like Kanye loves Kanye
    Just chill!
    Are you on drugs Kanye?
    Are you lacking love Kanye?
    Do you need a hug Kanye?
    Do you need a hug Kanye?
    I miss the old Kanye

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