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Kanye West says slavery was a choice

During an appearance on TMZ Live Tuesday morning, Kanye West said that the 400 years black Americans spent being enslaved was a choice.

Kanye appeared with Candace Owens as they both explained their definition of “free thought” and how coming from a place of love can make the world a better place. 

At one point, Kanye said, “When you hear about slavery for 400 years...for 400 years? That sound like a choice.” “Like… you was there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all?” 

Van Lathan from TMZ was quick to call Kanye out and check him for what he said.

“Do you feel that I’m being free and I’m thinking free?” Kanye asked. 

 “I actually don’t think you’re thinking anything,” Van said. “I think that what you’re doing right now is the absence of thought. And the reason why I feel like that is because Kanye, you’re entitled to your opinion. You’re entitled to believe whatever you want, but there is fact and real world, real life consequence behind everything that you just said. And while you are making music and being an artist and living a 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 marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was a choice,” Van continued. “Frankly, I’m disappointed, I’m appalled, and brother — I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something to me that isn’t real.” 

Van then told Kanye that he has to be responsible about what he says. “Your voice is too big,” he told Kanye.

Watch the clips below:


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