Kanye West clarified his slavery as “a choice comment” and said it was taken out of context, adding that he felt his spirit was more aligned with Nat Turner and Harriet Tubman.
“I said 400 years of slavery … it sounds like a choice to me,” the 41-year-old rapper shared Wednesday during his appearance on Chicago radio station WGCI about his comment in May on TMZ, according to TMZ.
“It sounds like a choice to the spirit of Kanye West, which I think is aligned with the spirit of Harriet Tubman,” he added, “which I think is aligned with the spirit of Nat Turner, which, in my non-historical opinion — I feel that these are examples from the past of people who felt similar to that.”
“Even if it was worded incorrectly in the white man’s tongue,” he continued. “Maybe I could have danced or maybe I could have spoken in Swahili or spoken the actual language, because even the fact that we are having to have this conversation in English is a form of slavery.”
Later, he said he didn’t know if he “properly apologized” for how the slave comment “made people feel.”
“I want to take this moment right now to say that I’m sorry for hurting, I’m sorry for the one-two effect of the MAGA hat into the slave comment,” West explained, “and I’m sorry for people who felt let down by that moment.”
After the interview, the rapper was asked by Chicago’s Fox 32 his thoughts about Trump’s comment that “at least Kanye likes me” and he responded, “I like him.”