US rap artist Kanye West has said the historic enslavement of African Americans that took place over hundreds of years may have been a “choice”.
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years … for 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” he said during an appearance on entertainment site TMZ.
The star recently made headlines over his vocal support for President Trump.
Black people were forcibly brought from Africa to the US during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries and sold as slaves.
West’s comments on Tuesday, in which he also said “right now we’re choosing to be enslaved”, provoked an angry response from a black member of staff at TMZ, Van Lathan.
Mr Lathan said the rapper’s comments appeared to be made with “the absence of thought”.