American rapper Kanye West recently made an outrageous statement about the centuries-old slavery of black people. West said that the oppression of black people, which lasted several centuries, looked like their own choice.
The opinion of the famous rapper was voiced in an interview with the entertainment news website TMZ:
"What can a person think when he hears about slavery lasting 400 years !? If you think about it, it sounds like a choice. Here the word prison is more applicable, it better describes the idea of slavery. When talking about the Holocaust, it is immediately clear that we are talking about Jews. And the word slavery refers directly to the blacks. "
Kanye added that this idea haunts African Americans to this day.
Kanye West stirs up the TMZ newsroom over TRUMP, SLAVERY and FREE THOUGHT. There's A LOT more that went down ... and the fireworks are exploding on @TMZLive today. Check your local listings for show times. pic.twitter.com/jwVsJCMPiq- TMZ (@TMZ) 1 May 2018
"The choice between slavery and death"
The reaction was immediate. During the live broadcast, one of TMZ's employees, Weng Leytan, expressed his dissatisfaction with what he had heard. The African American man was clearly angry and said that the rapper completely lacks the ability to reason and reason normally:
"You, of course, have the right to your own opinion and have the right to believe in everything you want, but there are facts, and behind all that you have said is reality, in this world and life. While you are engaged in your life, music, creativity, we all have to live in the real world and face the problems and consequences of the same 400-year-old slavery, which, in your words, was our personal choice. I am very disappointed in you, brother, I am amazed that you have turned into something that I consider unreal. "
In addition to the statement on slavery, West in his interview expressed a supportive attitude to the American president Donald Trump, who, as is known, implements tough political measures in matters of immigrants in the US and has repeatedly expressed ambiguity with regard to African Americans. In conversation, West, who supported Trump back in 2016 at the beginning of the presidential race, called him "my baby."
Does this look like a "choice" @kanyewest #IfSlaveryWasAChoice this would not have happened pic.twitter.com/s61IDvOrFQ- 24/7 HipHop News (@BenjaminEnfield) May 2, 2018
At the end of the interview, the spectators' discontent was followed by social networks. Having published a number of pictures, the editorial office of one of the well-known portals signed the post:
"Is this their choice?"
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Disappointed fans and ordinary network users wrote the following:
"Perhaps he is right when he says that slavery is a choice. Just need to clarify that this is the choice between slavery and a terrible death! "," I'm very ashamed of West. If that's how he tried to promote his new album, then I can say with certainty that hip-hop is dead. "