US rap artist Kanye West has said the historical slavery of african-americans, which took place over hundreds of years may have been a “choice”.
“When you hear about the slavery of 400 years … for 400 years? That sounds like an option,” he said during an appearance on the entertainment site TMZ.
The star recently made headlines over his vocal support for the President of Triumph.
The blacks had been brought from Africa to the U.S. during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries and sold as slaves.
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West’s comments Tuesday, in which he also said that “at this time we are choosing to be enslaved”, provoked an angry response from a black member of the staff of TMZ, Van Lathan.
Mr Latham said the rapper comments that seemed to be made with “the absence of thought”.
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“You have the right to believe what you want, but it is not a fact and in the real world, the real life consequence behind everything that you said,” he added that the star stopped stroking his chin.
“We have to deal with the marginalisation that has come from the 400 years of slavery, which he said to our people was an option,” Mr Lathan continued, adding: “I am shocked, and brother I’m incredibly hurt by the fact that transformed into something that is not real”.
In the TMZ footage, West referred to Mr Trump as “my child” and says that the president is “one of rap’s favorite people”.
His comments provoked a reaction on social media with some Twitter users suggesting the rapper you should check the history books.
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It comes just days after West released a song defending his support for Mr Trump with a letter insisting that the president is “fighting for the people”.
The west has courted controversy with his support for Mr Trump and conservative commentators, such as Scott Adams and Candace Owens, who has spoken out against the Black Lives Matter movement.