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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