Kanye West suggests slavery was “a choice" in controversial TMZ interview 2 years ago

Kanye West suggests slavery was “a choice" in controversial TMZ interview

His comments have been widely condemned.

Kanye West has courted much controversy since his return to Twitter last month, doubling down on his support for US President Donald Trump, and vocally advocating several right wing pundits.

On Monday evening, he gave an interview to celebrity news outlet TMZ, where he suggested that the slavery of African Americans had been “a choice”. He told TMZ:

"When you hear about slavery for 400 years ... for 400 years? That sounds like a choice."

He continued, saying: "We're mentally imprisoned."

He also reiterated his support for the president, saying “I just love Trump, that’s my boy.”


The comments have been widely condemned. TMZ’s Van Lathan confronted West directly in the studio.

He has also face much criticism on social media.

West later tweeted about his comments, including using a discredited quote from abolitionist and political activist Harriet Tubman.