Kanye West, amongst the most renowned personalities of Hollywood is hardly unrecognizable to majority all round the world, and surely gained more popularity as the ‘Gold Digger‘ singer had some strange things to say as he expressed his opinion openly, claiming that ‘slavery was a choice‘ and the public certainly had a lot to say to that.
Previously found to be associating a lot with U.S. President, Donald Trump lately, West expressed just what he likes about the president — saying he only likes half of what he does.
The ability to do what no one said you can do, to do the impossible.
Said the rapper when asked in a video about his recent collaboration.
And just recently we saw Snoop Dogg post a whitewashed picture of West, captioned “The new Kanye“, expressing the disappointment everyone felt as West started indulging in absurd activities and making odd claims that truly do not make sense, setting the whole Internet on fire as people take to Twitter to express their thoughts and feelings towards these remarks.
He was quick to respond to all the hate and backlash for his comment with,
When you hear about slavery for 400 years — for 400 years? That sounds like a choice
During the interview with TMZ, an employee enraged responded with,
“While you are making music… and living the life that you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with… the marginalization that’s come from the 400 years that you said, for our people, was a ‘choice’… I’m appalled.”
Later, West apologized to the employee and took to Twitter to explain,
To make myself clear. Of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will. My point is for us to have stayed in that position even though the numbers were on our side means that we were mentally enslaved.
Further he went on to explain himself saying that we need to focus on the future instead of dwelling on the past, success will only be attained if we leave that past behind that’s mentally imprisoned us from moving on.
To that he received further backlash with some expressing that he has the communication skills of a child, and that it is not so easy to simply get up and get going from such a huge part of history.
Slavery is a part of the Black History that simply cannot be disregarded as irrelevant or as West puts it, ‘a choice’, it was the darkest time for the people captured from Africa to be made slaves in America and the effects of this can still be felt around the world where racism is still amongst the biggest social issues, and with West making such wild remarks, only contributes more to the disregard of such traumatizing history and its significance, giving more credit to the already inflated racism issue.