The controversy broke out last May. Rapper Kanye West said in an interview that slavery was a choice. "We hear about slavery that lasted 400 years, for 400 years it sounds like a choice", he told TMZ magazine. "We're in a mental prison, I like the word" prison "because" slave "is too much for blacks," he explained.
Kanye West apologized for these comments three months later. In an interview for a radio from Chicago, where he comes from, he kept clarifying his words, also talking about his common sense and his discomfort, and ended up in tears before he was comforted by the host of the show.