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Kanye West under fire after saying slavery was a choice

Kanye West is on fire for comments he made about slavery during a sitting with TMZ on Tuesday. During the interview, the 40-year-old rapper touched his love of President Trump, his latest tweets, and one thing said slavery "sounds like a choice".

"When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? It sounds like a choice. Like you were there for 400 years and it's all for you all? You know, it's like we're mental in prison. I like the word prison because slavery also goes ̵

1; for direct to the idea of ​​black, "he said in the interview. "So prison is something that unites us like a race, black and white is a race. We are human."

After the interview, the West stood up in the TMZ Press Room and asked employees if they thought he was "thinking free." Van Lathan's TMZ reporter called back and called West's comments "absence of thought".

"I think you're doing right now is actually the absence of the thought. And the reason why it feels like It's because you're right to your opinion, Kanye. You're right to believe what you want. But there's fact and reality, the consequences of reality behind everything you've just said. "Lathan

He continued:" And while you do music and being an artist and living the life you have earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society must address these threats to our lives. Must handle the marginalization that has come from 400 years of slavery that you said for our People were a choice. "

Lathan said he was" disappointed "," scared "and" incredibly injured "the west

In a series of 16 tweets, West tried to clarify their comments by saying "We need an open discussion and ideas about unbearable pain." He insisted that his comments were "free thought" and "just an idea".

Tanisha Ford, University of Africa Studies and History at Delaware University, came to CBSN on Tuesday to discuss the effects of his remarks.

"These comments show how completely Kanye is right now, and I think they would get their mother Donda West, a former college professor, upset," said Ford.

"It's a long way from Kanye West as we knew who who made the song "Crack Music", which created a link between slavery, the industry in prison and the emergence of sprickkokain used in the black community. "

West also took immediate criticism online with authors and political commentators who called their comments on slavery the trick and danger.