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Kanye West’s Controversial Tweet About 13th Amendment

Bradley Kwon, Sophomore

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Kanye West,  famous rapper and fashion-designer, has publicly given his opinion about the 13th Amendment.

The amendment, ratified in 1865, abolished slavery and involuntary solitude, except as a punishment for a crime for which someone had been duly convicted.

On September 30, after delivering a pro-Trump speech during the Saturday Night Live show, Kanye West tweeted: “This represents good and America becoming whole again. We will no longer outsource to other countries. We will build factories here in America and create jobs. We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as well as abolish the 13th amendment. Message sent with love.”

Through this tweet, West expressed his belief that in a laborious effort to construct factories on American soil, new jobs and economic opportunities will be created; however, at the cost of these seemingly beneficial outcomes of his plan, the 13th Amendment will be abolished.

West’s controversial tweet stirred a furious uproar from the public, including fellow celebrities. Actor Chris Evans who responded negatively by saying,“There’s nothing more maddening than debating someone who doesn’t know history, doesn’t read books, and frames their myopia as virtue…it’s retrogressive, unprecedented, and absolutely terrifying.”

Others referenced Kanye’s support for President Donald Trump to validate their arguments against the tweet. Singer Lana Del Rey demonstrated opposition towards West’s political stance by responding in the comments on West’s official Instagram account: “Trump becoming our president was a loss for the country but your support of him is a loss for the culture.”

After receiving such negative feedback from his statement, Kanye West tweeted out to the public again to clarify what he had proposed in his previous tweet. He claimed that the 13th Amendment was slavery in disguise and that humanity was the solution to this hidden issue. Despite his attempt to clear “any potential negativity,” West continued to be attacked by his many followers and other celebrities.

The overwhelming negative responses to the tweets ultimately led to West’s public apology. He asserted that he was unaware of how his comment on slavery would make people feel and was sorry for those “let down by that moment.”

Kanye’s tweet has yet to be viewed  as a factor of his moral judgment and future political actions.

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