Rapper Kanye West discussed the need for black people to accept responsibility for their actions during his meeting with President Trump in the Oval Office on Thursday afternoon. West also shared his thoughts on the issues of police brutality and gun violence.
West was asked by a reporter what he thought of people who say that Trump doesn’t care about black people.
“When you don’t have ownership, then it’s all about how something looks,” West said. “It’s about the patinas, it’s not about the soul. So we focus more on if somebody’s wearing something, someone’s disrespecting. So I got to shoot ’em. Or the idea of someone being racist, you know, we talk about police murders, which we definitely have to discuss and we have to bring nobility to the police officers and make — the police officers are just like us.”
“But there’s this whole hate building, right? And that’s a major thing about racial tension. We also — as black people, we have to take a responsibility for what we’re doing. We kill each other more than police officers,” he continued. “And that’s not saying that the police officer is not an issue.” (RELATED: Kanye West Lavishes Praise On Trump In 10-Minute Oval Office Speech)
West added, “Because they are in a place — a position of power. But sometimes, they’re in [place] of law enforcement. They need to be law power, it’s force versus power … You shouldn’t have to force people to do that. So a lot of times the police officer is sitting there.”
His time in the Oval with the president began with him giving a ten-minute speech supporting Trump. (RELATED: Kanye West Lavishes Praise On Trump In 10-Minute Oval Office Speech)
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