(AllHipHop News) Common has defended Kanye West amid his controversial comments on slavery.
The Life of Pablo rapper has hit the headlines since his return to Twitter in April when he revealed his unwavering support for President Donald Trump and confessed to a secret opioid addiction following liposuction surgery.
However, his most outrageous comments came from an interview earlier this week, where he suggested that African-Americans, who were slaves until the inhuman trade was formally abolished in the U.S. in 1865, simply chose to be imprisoned.
“You hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” the 40-year-old told the hosts of TMZ Live. “Like, that was there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all?”
The Oscar winner urged people to focus on more important issues when he was quizzed by a reporter.
“There’s a lot going on in the world, like women being dragged out of Waffle House, and black people being shot down in the streets,” he said, referencing the case of Chikesia Clemons who was allegedly beaten by police in a Waffle House in Alabama last month.
“We got people in the government – the president and others – that are lying, and creating divisiveness. So, I think us focusing on tweets and comments when we can really change conditions… I want to put more energy into changing the conditions of what’s going on,” Common explained.
The "Selma" star held no grudge against Kanye for simply “expressing himself,” and said that freedom of speech was integral to democracy.
“No matter what, Kanye is my brother. No matter what. That’s my brother, and I love him. And, I don’t agree with everything he says and everything he’s thinking. But, I don’t agree with a lot of things of people that I love. But that doesn’t mean I love them any differently,” he said.
“That’s what America, and this world, should be about: people being able to express themselves. We don’t always have to agree. And we don’t have to go to war, just because we don’t agree.”