The former Black Eyed Peas frontman was one of many celebrities who are voicing their outrage after Kanye said he felt that 400 years of slavery "sound [ed] like 'a choice'".
"You want to be a free thinker, you want to be thought-provoking, you can not have these ideas without facts to back them up", she added. In addition to his statements being grossly historically inaccurate, it completely undermines the marginalisation and racism that many African Americans still face today.
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West who has been tweeting supportive comments favoring the USA president, said, that his comment comes from a place of love and he was expressing "free thought". There's a way to express people being in psychological bondage and not dismiss 400 years of literal, physical slavery.
In the video Lathan rebuts, "The rest of us in society have to deal with these threats in our lives".
"I think I need a little bit of a break", he said.
Lathan continued, "Frankly, I'm disappointed, I'm appalled, and brother-I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something to me that isn't real".
"To make myself clear".
"Man, my subconscious spoke to my conscious spoke and told me to wear it", he said Kanye responded. Some defenders of the #SlaveryIsAChoice perspective have gone so far as to argue that African participation in slavery and the long existence of slavery are sufficient proof that slavery existed because enslaved Africans permitted, or "chose" it. "I understand they were going through some things, but if it's family, you're not going to miss a wedding".