Kanye West said slavery “sounds like a choice” before a TMZ staffer shut him down — and yes, Twitter is in flames

Just when you thought Kanye West had escaped his sunken place, he manages to step it up a notch, and his latest statement did more than just raise eyebrows — it sparked massive Twitter outrage. During an appearance on TMZ Live, the rapper made an extremely offensive and erroneous statement, saying that the 400 years African Americans spent being enslaved “sounds like a choice.” No, seriously.

"When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years?! That sounds like a choice," he said. "We're mentally in prison. I like the word prison cause slavery goes too direct to the idea of blacks. Like Holocaust is Jews, slavery is blacks. So prison is something that unites us as one race, whites and blacks being one race. The human race."

Naturally, his words caused a stir, and TMZ staffer Van Lathan stood up to respond and put Kanye in his place.

"I actually don't think you're thinking anything," he said. "I think what you’re doing right now is actually the absence of thought. And the reason why I feel that is because, Kanye, you’re entitled to your opinion. You’re entitled to believe whatever you want, but there is fact and real world real life consequence behind everything that you just said."

"While you are making music and being an artist and living a life that you've earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats in our lives," Lathan said. "We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said, for our people, was our choice. Frankly, I’m disappointed, I’m appalled, and brother, I’m unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something that, to me, is not real."

Lathan isn’t the only one who expressed his disappointment over Kanye’s misguided statements. The whole of Twitterverse seems to echo his sentiments, and didn’t hold back on their thoughts. false



We’re glad that there are people like Van Lathan who aren’t afraid to put influential people like Kanye West in their place, and actually put in the effort to educate him. Let’s just hope Ye listens this time.

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