Rapper/producer Kanye West’s recent interview in which he hinted that slavery was “a choice” has attracted the praise of one of America’s leading neo-Nazi websites.

On Tuesday, Kanye West visited TMZ studios to talk about his outspoken love of President Trump, in which he made the assertion that Africans being enslaved for 400 years in America “sounds like a choice,” adding that he believed slavery was allowed to continue because black people were “mentally imprisoned.”

“Like, you was there for 400 years, and it’s all of y’all?” West said, apparently ignorant of multiple slave revolts like those organized by Nat Turner and Haitian slaves.

In response to West’s slavery remarks, TMZ writer Van Lathan criticized Kanye, saying that his “free thinking” was actually “the absence of thought.”

“While you are making music, and being an artist, and living the life that you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives,” Van Lathan said. “We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said, for our people, was a choice.”

Kanye’s remarks attracted praise from The Daily Stormer, one of the largest online neo-Nazi communities, which published an article Wednesday referring to the Chicago rapper “woke n**ga Kanye” (Warning: Daily Stormer link) and linking to the video of his TMZ interview.

“We love you Kanye,” the Daily Stormer wrote. “And we’ll have your back when the world comes down on you.”

The Daily Stormer isn’t the first neo-Nazi community to endorse Kanye West. After West posted the photo of his Make America Great Again signed by President Trump, white supremacists on the neo-Nazi forum Stormfront posted a screenshot (Warning: Stormfront link) of Kanye’s tweet in the forum’s “Trump media thread.”

While West recently tweeted that he is “always a student,” he has described himself as a “proud non-reader of books” and was recently educated about the Southern Strategy, in which Republicans went from being the party of Lincoln to the party of the Confederacy, through text messaging with singer John Legend.


Logan Espinoza is a freelance contributor specializing in economic issues. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and daughter. Contact him at logan DOT espinoza AT yahoo DOT com.

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