Kanye West Attempts To Clarify His Comments On Slavery

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Kanye West arrives at Trump Tower, December 13, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration.

Kanye West attempts damage control on what is his most controversial statement to date.

Kanye West has done a lot of things over the course of his career that led to backlash but nothing has been as bad as the comments he made on slavery earlier today. During a taping of TMZ Live, the rapper said, "When you hear about slavery for 400 years ... for 400 years? That sounds like a choice." This didn't settle well with anybody and in the midst of his support for Trump and the right wing, this sounded like one of the most disappointing statements to come out of his mouth. However, the rapper has now taken to Twitter in an attempt to clarify his comments.

Kanye West took to Twitter, once again, to try and do some damage control on his recent statements. The rapper clarified that he does indeed understand that people weren't brought on slave ships on free will. However, he kicked off his latest Twitter rant by stating, "we need to have open discussions and ideas on unsettled pain." 

"to make myself clear. Of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will," he wrote. "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...They cut out our tongues so we couldn't communicate to each other. I will not allow my tongue to be cut."

He later came to the realize why P. Diddy named his TV network Revolt. "The Nat Turner movie never made it anywhere because it showed slaves revolting. I understand why my god brother Puff calls his network revolt."

Peep his tweets below. 



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