Stevie Wonder is the latest public figure to weigh in on Kanye West’s controversial statements regarding slavery after the producer told the TMZ newsroom that the systematic oppression of Black people for 400 years could have been “a choice.”
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” West said. “Like, you was there for 400 years and it was all of y’all?”
During a quick conversation with the same outlet, Wonder shared his distaste for West’s comments, saying anyone who knows their history should know to ignore the Chicago rapper.
“Honestly, you know your history, you know that’s not true,” Wonder said. “If you know the truth, you don’t listen to foolishness.”
Hear Wonder’s take on Yeezy’s point of view below.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.