Spike Lee, Ava DuVernay, and more react to Kanye West's 'slavery was a choice' remarks


 // May 2, 2018

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Kanye West, continuing his Twitter cyclone, spoke to TMZ Live this week and stirred up controversy for comments shared on free thought, Donald Trump, and slavery. On the latter, West stated that slavery "sounds like a choice."

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Going further, he added, "When you hear about slavery for 400 years… like, you was there for 400 years and it's all of y'all?!" After that comment, including a poignant interjection by TMZ's Van Lathan, West took to Twitter to defend his view. "Of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will," he tweeted. "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."

Still, even with his clarification, everyone had something to share about West's words. Of course, considering the weight of Ye's platform and the severity behind these said words, many held no punches.

“SLAVERY...A CHOICE”❓❓❓My Brother,OUR Ancestors Did Not Choose To Be Stolen From Mother Africa. OUR Ancestors Did Not Choose To Be Ripped Of Our Religion,Language,Culture. OUR Ancestors Did Not Choose To Be Murdered, Lynched,Castrated,Raped,Burnt At The Stake,Families Sold Apart. OUR Ancestors Built This Country (On Land Stolen From The Native Americans)From The Ground Up Under The Institution Of SLAVERY. Where Is This Brother In The Picture Next To Me❓❓❓I Would Not Be Surprised If OUR Ancestors Are Not Pleased With Your Uneducated Comments. P.S. Your Retraction Does Not Undue The Harm You Cause To Our Beloved ANCESTORS. WAKE UP.🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿

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#ism @vanlathan articulated himself in a profound manner for the people! We learned at an early age, reasoning with an addict is impossible when they are off the sauce. I saw the interview with @cthagod when #Kanye said his boys would get his pills for him. This shows he don’t know what friends are. We wouldn’t feed your addiction, we would violate u for violating law plus self & get u help. I saw when he said Harriet Tubman on a $20 dollar bill was some old slave shit. This was utterly disrespectful to a real saint! This woman sacrificed her life in order to liberate our people. Our currency now has the faces of slave owners & when someone says let’s put a liberator on it, you have a problem with that. Slavery was a choice? When there were over 400 slave revolts in the America’s? Somebody get this man in a rehab. He needs help not ridicule. This shit is disturbing as well as disappointing. #Sakiya #Ricky how u let it get to this point? How y’all let this man get #Lipo? Who ok’d this shit? I been said #SaveYe & some said it was bitterness. I saw this shit coming & tried to prevent it. Sorry Donda, I promise we tried our best. This shit hurts! 🙏🏾

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Kanye's interview with TMZ came hours after he published his interview with Charlamagne Tha God. The nearly-two hour conversation touches on Ye's issues with JAY-Z, why President Donald Trump appeals to him, his history with Barack Obama, and more. For more on that interview, head here.

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