WILL.I.AM SLAMS ‘IGNORANT’ KANYE WEST

NEW YORK- will.i.am has criticized Kanye West as “ignorant” after he seemingly claimed that slavery was a “choice”.

Kanye has been making headlines the past week for his support for US president Donald Trump whose views and policies are very divisive and his latest interview with TMZ he seems to claim that  400 years of black slavery was a “choice” made by those who were enslaved.

Will speaking on Good Morning America he said, “That broke my heart because I thought about my grandma, who was born in 1920, and her connection with her mom who raised her, who was born in the late 1800s. And my grandmother’s grandma, who was a slave. And when you’re a slave, you’re owned. You don’t choose if you’re owned. When you’re a slave you’re deprived of education. That’s not choice, that’s by force.

“So I understand the need to have free thought, but if your thoughts aren’t researched, that is just going to hurt those that are still in conditions where it’s not choice, that when they go down the street and there are a liqueur store and fast-food restaurants and your education is not being funded the same way that it is being in Calabasas, when governments stifle and limit the amount of money that goes to Chicago, Bronx, Watts, 5th Ward Mississippi, East Los Angeles, where I’m from.”

He added, “That statement was one of the most ignorant statements that anybody who came from the hood could ever say about their ancestors, that slavery is a choice. What are you talking about.

“To me, that’s a different person that’s saying that, and I hope it’s not to raise awareness so you could sell some records and some shoes because that would be the worst thing to do, to stir up this very touchy race situation and you be the benefactor from it. So I encourage you, if you really believe this, give your shoes away for free, give your album away for free. And I don’t like talking about going against my community, but that is harmful.

“I will not throw my ancestors under the bus to profit.”

Kanye West quickly reacted to the backlash he Tweeted,

He said, “When you hear about slavery for 400 years … for 400 years? That sounds like a choice. We’re mentally imprisoned.”

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