Kanye West’s ridiculous statement about slavery has sparked dialogue. During an insane interview with TMZ, Kanye West said that 400 years of slavery sounded like a choice. He would later attempt to clarify his statement, but actually made matters worse.
Since Kanye’s statement, the history of slavery has made its way to the forefront.
Nick Cannon is the latest celebrity to share his thoughts on America’s greatest crime. During an interview with DJ Vlad, Cannon said that gun powder was a key factor in the slavery.
“If it wasn’t for guns, there would be no slavery because in that sense of these people came over with guns,” Cannon said. “They was like, ‘Oh I’ll f— you up!’ until you saw this mother f—er shot me, he must be some kinda god, I gotta listen to whatever this white man says.”
In a sense, Cannon is right. Most Africans did not have access to the weaponry that Whites possessed when slavery became a prominent industry in 1619.
As a result, they could kidnap men, women, and children in Africa by displaying their power which derived from guns. It essentially allowed a group of people to be terrorized without punishment.
On the other hand, slavery did exist within cultures around the world years before the Atlantic slave trade. There are theories that some African kings and queens sold their slaves to Europeans. However, it’s asinine to believe that 12.5 million slaves were sold by African kings. The Atlantic slave trade was the biggest kidnapping and trafficking of humans in modern history.