Kanye West spoke for the culture when he criticized former President George W. Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina live on television.
On Thursday, he walked back his famous statement during his meeting with Donald Trump, reports USA Today.
“I was very emotional, and I was programmed to think from a victimized mentality. A welfare mentality,” West said.
He followed this by criticizing the Black community for focusing on police brutality instead of Black-on-Black violence.
“As Black people, we have to take a responsibility for what we’re doing,” West said. “We kill each other more than police officers.”
The “I Love It” rapper also accused the left of using racism to manipulate the Black community.
“One of the moves that I love that liberals try to do – the liberals would try to control a Black person through the concept of racism because they know that we are very proud, emotional people,” West said. “So when I said, 'I like Trump' to, like, someone that’s liberal, they’ll say, 'Oh, but he’s racist.' You think racism could control me? Oh, that don’t stop me. That’s an invisible wall.”
Finally, Yeezy also doubled down on his criticism of the 13th Amendment, according to Time. He called the provision that allows prisoners to work as slaves a “trap door” that needs to be removed.
“The four gentlemen that wrote the 13th Amendment, they didn’t look like the people they were amending,” he said. “Also at that point, it was illegal for Blacks to read, or African Americans to read, so that meant if you actually read the amendment you’d get locked up and turned into a slave. So what I think is we don’t need sentences, we need pardons, we need to talk to people.”
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