In Tearful Interview, Kanye Apologizes For Slavery Comment, Vows To Be Better
I think we’ve all witnessed the way Kanye West has changed over the years. Still, I think none of us were prepared for his allegiance to Donald Trump or his “Slavery was a choice” comment. And what was even more disheartening was the fact that he didn’t seem to understand the frustration, anger or hurt people felt behind his words.
But today, in a surprise appearance on Chicago’s WGCI 107.5, West apologized for the comment.
“I don’t know if I properly apologized for how that slave comment made people feel. So I want to take this moment right now to say that I’m sorry for hurting—I’m sorry for the 1-2 effect of the MAGA hat, into the slave comment. And I’m sorry to people who felt let down by that moment. And also I appreciate you guys giving me the opportunity to talk to you about the way I was thinking, what I was going through and what led me to that. I just appreciate you guys holding onto me as a family. And this just proves how much love…Sometimes you don’t feel the love because you’re looking to get validated. You see people with a negative comment on everything. You know in a relationship maybe somebody will do something just to see if you still love them. But one thing I got from the TMZ comment was how much Black people love me and how much Black people count on me and depend on me. And I appreciate that.”
The hosts even told Kanye that many Black folks feel that they’ve lost him to the Kardashian family. He started to say that they were a part of “our” family. But before he could finish, one of the hosts, Kendra G. explained why she ask that he make a conscious effort to speak to and for Black people.
“When I say my people, I see how Black people are still not treated fairly in this country. And that hurts. First and foremost, I received your apology so much that it almost brought tears to my eyes because as a Black woman, that’s what we miss from you, Kanye. I was really emotional this year with some of your actions from a Black perspective. So I really receive your apology and I appreciate it because you are in a position that not everyone gets to be in. And like I said, when you speak, the whole world listens. And your voice is so powerful that you have the ability to make true changes that can affect the African-American community. That’s is why I said my people. I just feel that way. I didn’t mean to cry but you’re so important. God has blessed you with this ability that when you speak, change can happen. And I respect your viewpoint, because maybe I’m not there yet. I respect when you said you’re about the human race and that is absolutely right. But as an African-American woman, I see things that Black people go through every single day, so I have to fight and speak for them. I just feel that way.”
Later on in the conversation, he spoke about how there are people around him who are not looking out for his best interest. He said, “I even had people with me at TMZ who could have stopped it. Who could have said, ‘It’s going too far.’”
But he said that it’s a new Kanye West that you’re going to see that’s going to be better because of this mental health situation, and because of this TMZ situation. Then he cried talking about streetwear designer, former G.O.O.D. Music executive and tour manager for West, Don C., and the importance of his friend’s presence in his life. “Don is actually in town right now because I just told him I need him to be there for me so sh*t like this don’t happen to me because…”
Then he broke down in tears before saying:
“One thing that we can learn from my wife and the reason why she don’t end up in UCLA [Medical Center] (where West was hospitalized) is because she has a family with her at all times, in all situations. So it’s all of them against Hollywood…you need a village around you when you got someone that has so many responsibilities. I’m a voice for the Black community, I’m producing five albums, I’m dealing with people trolling me. It’s a lot of pressure. I’m pitted in competitions against Drake and Virgil [Abloh] at the same damn time. I got to have the shoes poppin’, I got to have the record poppin’ to the “Kiki” level. My Blackness gets challenged. Am I talking White enough? Am I talking Black enough? Am I representing enough inside a country that we got brought into? Then I got to get the sandals the right size.”