Kanye West is apologizing for his comments about slavery being a choice.
The rapper spoke to 107.5 WGCI Chicago on Wednesday about his remarks and opened up about how President Donald Trump views Black people, according to The Fader.
West said he was silent when asked by Jimmy Kimmel about his support for Trump because he was thinking about what he would say.
“I feel that [Trump] cares about the way Black people feel about him, and he would like for Black people to like him like they did when he was cool in the rap songs,” said West. “He will do the things that are necessary to make that happen because he’s got an ego like all the rest of us, and he wants to be the greatest president, and he knows that he can’t be the greatest president without the acceptance of the Black community. So, it’s something he’s gonna work towards, but we’re gonna have to speak to him.”
In May, West visited TMZ and caused national outrage for believing that slavery was a choice.
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” he said on TMZ Live. “We’re mentally imprisoned.”
The designer now says that he did not take the time to address “the slavery comment fully” and linked it to his mental health.
“This is something about the fact that it hurt people’s feelings and the way that I presented that piece of information. I could present in a way more calm way, but I was ramped up,” he said. “And I apologize. That happens sometimes when people are—I’m not blaming mental health, but I’m explaining mental health.”
West added that he was sorry that people were let down by him over his comments and him wearing a MAGA hat.
And I appreciate you giving me the opportunity to talk to you about the way I was thinking and what I was going through.”
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.