Kanye West is as much known for his music as much as he known for shooting his mouth off.
Recently, he was on TMZ Live and stated that slavery was a choice.
While he was on the air, he made the following statement:
“You hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice. Like, you was there for 400 years, and it’s all of y’all?”
I’m not African-American. I cannot and will not claim to see the world from the perspective of someone who is African-American.
However, even I know enough to know that for the entirety of human existence, slavery has never been a choice. One does not choose to be torn away from their home and family, put in chains and taken to another land thousands of miles away to work. One does not choose to be treated as less than a full human being and be denied their rights as said human being. One does not choose to live with the legacy of slavery, even though the physical chains have long since disappeared.
I could continue, but I think the Daily Show summed it up best.