Kanye West is facing severe backlash over comments he made about slavery.
The rapper did an interview with TMZ, and said that the enslavement of African Americans over centuries may have been a 'choice'.
'When you hear about slavery for 400 years...for 400 years? That sounds like a choice. We're mentally imprisoned'.
Kanye then tweeted after his appearance with TMZ and said that his words were misinterpreted.
to make myself clear. Of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest)
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— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest)
They cut out our tongues so we couldn't communicate to each other. I will not allow my tongue to be cut— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest)