Kanye West has attempted to defend himself after causing uproar with controversial comments that suggested slavery was “a choice”.
The rapper was being interviewed by TMZ after previously making headlines for supporting US president Donald Trump, when he said: “When you hear about slavery for 400 years… for 400 years? That sounds like a choice.”
He added: “We’re mentally imprisoned.” He also referred to Trump as “my boy” and claimed the president was “one of rap’s favourite people”.
His comments prompted an angry, impassioned response by a black member of staff, Van Lathan, who said he believed West had an “absence of thought”.
“You’re entitled to believe whatever you want, but there is fact and real world, real life consequence behind everything that you just said,” he told West, who stood still and listened to him.
“We have to deal with the marginalisation that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was a choice,” Mr Lathan continued, adding: “I’m appalled, and brother, I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something to me that isn’t real.”
He has posted a series of tweets in an attempt to clear the air .