(CNSNews.com) - Rapper Kanye West said Thursday that when he made his infamous comments about former President George W. Bush in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, accusing him of not caring about black people, it was because he was “programmed to think from a victimized mentality.”
During an Oval Office meeting with President Donald Trump and football hall of famer Jim Brown, a reporter asked West, “So you had said, of President Bush, that he doesn’t care about black people, and you’ve heard some people say that about this president. What do you -- how do you respond to that? What do you make of that?”
“I think we need to care about all people, and I believe that when I went on to NBC, I was very emotional, and I was programmed to think from a victimized mentality, a welfare mentality. I think that with blacks and African Americans, we really get caught up in the idea of racism over the idea of industry. We say if people don’t have land, they settle for brands,” he said.
“We want Polo-sporting Obama again. We want a brand more than we want land, because we haven't known how it feels to actually have our own land and have ownership of our own blocks. So when you don’t have ownership, then it’s all about how something looks. It’s about the patina. It’s not about the soul. It’s not about the core,” West said.
“So we focus more on, is somebody wearing something, is someone disrespecting, so I got to shoot them. Or the idea of someone being racist. You know, we talk about police murders, which we definitely have to discuss, and we have to bring nobility to the police officers and make -- the police officers are just like us, but there’s this whole hate-building, right? And that’s a major thing about racial tension,” he added.
West also said that the black community is killing each other more than the police officers are killing them.
“And we also, as black people, we have to take a responsibility for what we’re doing. We kill each other more than police officers, and that’s not saying that the police officer is not is not an issue, because they are in a place -- a position of power. But sometimes they’re in a place of law enforcement. They need to be law-power. It’s force versus power, and when you -- you shouldn’t have to force people to do that,” he said.
West blamed the lack of reparations on blacks thinking with a victim mentality.
“So a lot of times the police officer is sitting there, they’re being forced to do this and forced to do that block. And then they force somebody into something and force into something. We have to release the love throughout the entire country and give opportunities. A lot of times it’s just the overall lack of reparations that we, at any given point, we say, ‘Oh, this is racist. This is racist. This is racist. This is racist,” he said.
The rapper accused liberals of trying to control black people “through the concept of racism.”
“So we don’t have reparations, but we have the 13th Amendment. We got to open up the whole conversation. So -- and that’s a move. One of the moves that I love that liberals try to do -- the liberal would try to control a black person through the concept of racism, because they know that we are very proud, emotional people. So when I said ‘I like Trump’ to, like, someone that’s liberal, they’ll say, ‘Oh, but he’s racist.’ You think racism could control me? Oh, that don’t stop me. That’s an invisible wall,” he said.
“But you don’t think -- you reject those who say he’s racist?” a reporter asked.
“On your question -- and you had one question; we’re going to do it to another question. I answered your question. I don’t answer questions in simple soundbites. You are tasting a fine wine. It has multiple notes to it. You better play 4D chess with me like it’s ‘Minority Report,’ because it ain't that simple. It’s complex,” West replied.