Kanye West Apologises For Saying Slavery Was a Choice


Recall that the drama started in April after the rapper went on TMZ to make the ignorant comments which set the Internet ablaze. “When you hear about slavery for 400 years—for 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” he had said. Both celebrities and fans spoke out against him, with one of the most remarkable reactions being the Donald Glover-starring Saturday Night Live skit.

Now, more than three months later, Kanye says he is finally sorry during a lengthy interview with WGCI 107.5 on Wednesday.

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About his comments: “I don’t know if I properly apologized for how that slave comment made people feel, so I want to take this moment right now to say that I’m sorry for hurting, I’m sorry for the 1-2 effect of the MAGA hat into the slave comment and I’m sorry for people who felt let down by that moment. And also I appreciate you guys giving me the opportunity to talk to you about the way I was thinking and what I was going through and what led me to that and I just appreciate you guys holding on to me as a family. One thing I got from the TMZ comment is it showed me how much black people love me and how much black people count on me independently. I appreciate that.”

Asked about his personal feeling regarding the slave era: “I said, ‘400 years—it sounds like a choice to me, to Kanye West. To me, when I hear about anything of an entire group of powerful people being held captive for 400 years, it sounds like a choice to the spirit of Kanye West, which I think is aligned with the spirit of Harriet Tubman, which I think is aligned with the spirit of Nat Turner, which, in my non-historical opinion, I feel that these are examples from the past of people who felt similar to that even if it was worded incorrectly in the white man’s tongue. Maybe I could have danced or maybe I could have spoken Swahili and spoken the actual language because even the fact that we’re having to have this conversation in English is a form of slavery because it’s not even our tongue, it’s not even our language. That feeling, that emotion, that ramped-up feeling, that medium connection with spirituality that we got to witness on TV. The fact that I could take that bullet and be like, ‘Oh, he’s crazy, he’s crazy.’”

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Asked again if Trump cares about black people: “I feel that he cares about the way black people feel about him and he would like for black people to like him like they did when he was cool in the rap songs. He will do the things that are necessary to make that happen because he’s got an ego like all the rest of us and he wants to be the greatest president and he knows that he can’t be the greatest president without the acceptance of the black community, so it’s something that he’s gonna work towards, but were gonna have to speak to him.”

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