Rapper Kanye West voiced his support for President Donald Trump and defended the Republican Party during an impassioned speech that took place over the weekend in Salt Lake City.
What are the details?
During one of his famed “Sunday Services,” the controversial rapper struck down notions of voting based on skin color.
“That’s the Republican Party that freed the slaves,” West insisted. “And we got the right, right? We got a right to our opinions, right? You black, so you can’t like Trump? I ain’t never made a decision only based on my color.”
“That’s a form of slavery,” he added, “mental slavery.”
Deseret News reported that between 7,000 and 10,000 attended the Saturday service in Salt Lake City.
This isn’t the first time West has spoken about slavery
In a 2018 interview with TMZ, the 42-year-old rapper made highly criticized remarks about slavery being a “choice.”
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years … for 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” he insisted. “Like, you was there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all? It’s like we’re mentally in prison. I like the word ‘prison’ because slavery goes too direct to the idea of blacks. It’s like slavery, Holocaust. Holocaust, Jews. Slavery is blacks. So, prison is something that unites us as one race. Blacks and whites being one race. We’re the human race.”
West clarified his comments following significant backlash in response to the TMZ interview.
In a lengthy Twitter update, he wrote, “We need to have open discussions and ideas on unsettled pain.”
“To make myself clear,” he continued, “of course, I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will. 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. They cut out our tongues so we couldn’t communicate to each other. I will not allow my tongue to be cut.”
West added, “The reason why I brought up the 400 years point is because we can’t be mentally imprisoned for another 400 years. We need free thought now. Even the statement was an example of free thought. It was just an idea.”
“Once again I am being attacked for presenting new ideas,” he concluded.