Kanye West took to Twitter to clarify his suggestion that "400 years" of slavery "sounds like a choice."
He Tweeted that "we are programmed to always talk and fight race issues. We need to update our conversation."
“The reason why I brought up the 400 years point is because we can’t be mentally imprisoned for another 400 years. We need free thought now. Even the statement was an example of free thought…It was just an idea.”
He claimed that "once again I am being attacked for presenting new ideas"
“In school we need to learn how magic [sic] Johnson built his business not always about the past. Matter fact I’ve never even heard of a high school class that presents future ideas. When the media masses and scholars talk about what started today. Here’s a title … the overground hell road.”
Kanye continued to defend his stance: “To make myself clear. Of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will. My point is for us to have stayed in that position even though the numbers were on our side means that we were mentally enslaved…They cut out our tongues so we couldn’t communicate to each other. I will not allow my tongue to be cut.”