“When you hear about slavery for 400 years, that sounds like a choice,” Kanye said. “You were there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all? I think we’re mentally in prison. Slavery goes too much to the idea of Blacks. Prison unites us as one race. We’re the human race.”
It’s a tragic statement from an individual whose public meltdown is a tragedy within itself. But laughter has always been one of the greatest coping mechanisms for Blacks in America.
In an attempt to numb the pain caused by Kanye’s inability to confront the truth, Black Twitter found a way to laugh at the ridiculousness by imaging if slavery was actually a choice.
The hashtag, #Ifslaverywasachoice, soon became the top trending topic on Twitter on the night of May 1.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) May 2, 2018
— Uncle Drew (@drewball615) May 2, 2018
Me live streaming Slavechella pic.twitter.com/7divep0IFc
— Take Out (@Tbizzle712) May 2, 2018
— Reginald Cunningham (@kidnoble) May 2, 2018
— OG Gucci Valentine (@The_Otcst) May 2, 2018
— quiyonce (@schoolgurlqxo) May 2, 2018
#IfSlaveryWasAChoice trend is just as stupid as Kanye’s statement. This is not a joke. The Jewish holocaust is not a joke. Belgium’s mass extermination is not a joke. Israeli occupation is not a joke. The effects of colonialism and slavery are not a joke.
— 🌹 Ferrari Elite Sheppard (@stopbeingfamous) May 2, 2018