Kanye West is under fire for comments he made about slavery during a sit-down with TMZ on Tuesday. CBS News reports that during the interview, the 40-year-old rapper touched on his love for President Trump, his recent tweets, and one point said slavery "sounds like a choice."
"When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years?! That sounds like a choice. Like, you were there for 400 years and it's all of you all? You know, it's like we're mentally in prison. I like the word prison 'cause slavery goes too -- too direct to the idea of blacks," he said in the interview. "So prison is something that unites us as one race, blacks and whites being one race. We're the human race."
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After the interview, West stood up in the TMZ newsroom and asked staffers if they thought he was "thinking free." TMZ reporter Van Lathan shot back and called West's comments the "absence of thought."