Soon after rapper Kanye West sparked outrage over social media after saying that the enslavement of African Americans over centuries may have been ‘a choice’; he has been receiving a chorus of criticism from many.
American film director of African descent, Spike Lee posted a picture on Instagram with West on Wednesday evening calling his comments ‘uneducated’ and asking him to ‘wake up.’
The caption of the picture read, “SLAVERY, A CHOICE?? My Brother, OUR ancestors did not choose to be stolen from mother Africa. Our ancestors did not choose to be ripped of our religion, language, culture. Our ancestors did not choose to be murdered, lynched, castrated, raped, burnt at the stake, families sold apart.”
“OUR ancestors built this country (on land stolen from the native Americans) from the ground up under the institution of slavery. Where is this brother in the picture next to me? I would not be surprised if our ancestors are not pleased with your uneducated comments. P.s. your retraction does not undo the harm you cause to our beloved ANCESTORS. WAKE UP,” the caption further read.