Kanye West and Nick Cannon took a moment to reflect on Ye’s controversial take on Harriett Tubman.
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“With me, I’m a freedom fighter,” begins Kanye. “My comment to Harriet Tubman, or of her, was that we gotta be reminded–” Nick Cannon cuts him off, finishing the sentence for him. “Of how white people did us dirty,” says Cannon, before Kanye returns to his train of thought. “Of how we was slaves. You can go to an African American history museum, and they don’t start off with the African drums. It starts off with the slave boats. It can be more motivational, but they don’t want us to–”
Cannon interrupts again, agreeing with Kanye’s assessment that black culture is “much more than slavery.” “If we have black history month, we need to have black future month,” suggests Kanye, prompting Nick Cannon to quote Kanye’s “U Ain’t Neva Gotta Ask” bar. Laughing, Kanye admits that Cannon actually gave him the “I make black history every day, I don’t need a month” bar to begin with. Circling back to Tubman, Kanye claims that “we don’t need to tear our statues down to build new ones, because we don’t got enough statues.”
For the most part, it seems as if Kanye’s general sentiment centers around the idea that people have become conditioned to understand the timeline of black history with slavery as the beginning — as such, all that transpires afterward will always be placed within that framework. As he explains, there were plenty of prominent black figures throughout history that to this day are never explored in an academic setting. Check out his explanation below, and be sure to watch the full interview should you be interested in Kanye West‘s psychology.