During West's TMZ Live conversation on Tuesday, he'd told interviewers Harvey Levin and Charles Latibeaudiere, "When you hear about slavery for 400 years?" You know, it's like we're mentally in prison.
After receiving word about 'Ye's comments, Kelley went to Twitter to provide a brief history lesson on American slavery, as well as the implications of the rapper's words. "Like Holocaust is Jews, slavery is blacks", West said. During West's time on TMZ, he explained how he once got liposuction due to the constant pressure he endured prior to the time of his wedding. They tend to shy away from political stories, opting instead to write for a more "urban" audience, with stories about rappers, criminals and celebrities.
Cut to Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr. starring in Seven Years a (Voluntary) Slave in which he crows, "Being a slave was the best choice I ever made".
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To state that slavery "sounds like a choice" is not only incredulous of him, it's wrong.
But after hearing West spew inaccurate rhetoric about African-American ancestors and slavery, he felt compelled to rebut West's comments in a "measured and focused" way.
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"I think we need to recognize that in some ways, the height of prejudice is to look at somebody and think you know what they think because of the color of their skin", she said. I understand the need to have free thought. "It was just an idea".
And although this exchange ended in an embrace, it made an impression on social media, forcing West to take to Twitter where he sought to defend his statements.
"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", he tweeted, according to the BBC.
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