Rapper Kanye West says slavery in Africa was a choice

Rosalie Gross
May 4, 2018

West's recent pro-Trump discourse began on Saturday when he tweeted support for African-American conservative commentator Candace Owens, who does not believe in police brutality or the existence of oppression in her own community.

In the previous video, Van blasted the Chicago rapper for his slavery remarks and said he was out of touch. "I like the word "imprisoned" because slavery goes too directly to the idea of blacks", he said after his slavery comment.

The shoe company is standing behind West, who designs sneakers under the Yeezy brand for Adidas, because he's great for business, Adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted told CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" on Thursday.

West later tweeted a contradictory statement after the backlash. "Really? Slavery was by choice?". "I am the descendant of slaves who refused to die and we all are if you're black and in America". "You were there for 400 years and it was all of y'all? We don't want to hear Kanye's music, we don't want to play Kanye on our show, we don't want to talk about Kanye anymore", they said.

It's true that dramatic album rollouts have become West's default release strategy, with the rapper prefacing his past three albums - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Yeezus and The Life of Pablo - with random song drops, elaborately staged TV performances and, as always, inflammatory Twitter dialogue. "So, prison is something that unites us as one race". I'm just gonna sit back, man, I'm not gonna step away or shun him, because when you look at other demographics they don't do that to theirs. "That's pretty much the party line at this stage", he said.

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Sulaiman said his actions were not meant to cause harm, and apologized for posting the video in a "moment of anger". The judge fined Sulaiman 10,000 ringgit but he opted to spend a month in jail because he could not pay.

Rapper T.I. has defended Kanye West's recent weird behaviour, insisting the musician is "working through his own personal journey".

Feminist writer Roxane Gay tweeted, "I don't have the energy for nonsense but Kanye saying slavery was a choice reiterates my previous statements about how unsafe his trite, shallow ramblings are".

"I think we kinda got to see it through, man".

Rorsted continues, "For many, many years, we [Adidas] have been a member of the USA human rights declaration, which speaks very clearly.against slavery, racism, child labor, etc".

Celebrities and everyday people took to social media to address these comments through memes, justification, for frustration.

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