It's happening again — Kanye West is back to talking about politics.
Nearly a year to the day after Ye proclaimed he was "distancing [himself] from politics and completely focusing on being creative" —following a number of politically-charged rants — Mr. West stood back up on his political soapbox at his most recent Sunday Service in Salt Lake City, Utah to discuss his right to support Donald Trump and the republican party. And if that wasn't enough, he also revisited his controversial comment about slavery being a choice during the Saturday afternoon (October 5) service.
“Abraham Lincoln was the Whig Party — that’s the Republican Party that freed the slaves,” Kanye told the crowd as his band backed him playing "Jesus Walks." "And we got the right, right? We got a right to our opinions, right? You black, so you can't like Trump? I ain't never made a decision only based on my color."
"That's a form of slavery," he added, "mental slavery."
As fans know, Ye's previous comments about slavery landed him in hot water. "When you hear about slavery for 400 years ... for 400 years? That sounds like a choice," he insisted during a live 2018 TMZ interview. “Like, you was there for 400 years and it's all of y'all? It's like we're mentally in prison." (He later apologized.)
Ye continued his Utah Sunday Service message by discussing another form of "mental slavery" — social media. “Do not read comments on the Internet. These people don’t know you like that. Social media is designed to make you think slower. … They want to slow you down and control you," he proclaimed.
The rapper then spoke about criminal justice reform, saying people should be less focused on issues with the National Football League but rather the broken criminal justice system in America. “Right now, there’s one in three African Americans in jail in this country," he said. "But we arguing about what Jay-Z's doing."
See clips of Kanye's speech, which were captured by journalist Hunter Schwarz, below.