Black Twitter responds to Kanye with ‘If slavery was a choice’ hashtag

Photo credit: Splash News/ Kanye West

At this point, it’s safe to say that Kanye West is comfortable existing in the “sunken place.” The rapper caused another backlash when he claimed that slavery was a choice for Blacks while on TMZ.

“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.

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.



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