Kanye West Rants Against Harriet Tubman in First Ever Presidential Event

Kanye West Rants Against Harriet Tubman in First Ever Presidential Event

Kanye West, in his first event since declaring as presidential candidate, ranted against Harriet Tubman on Sunday, saying the she “never actually freed the slaves, she just had them work for other white people.”

  • West delivered a long monologue, touching on topics from abortion, religion, International trade and licensing deals, before a crowd in North Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Tubman is one of the most respected figures of 19th century America. An African American woman who escaped slavery, she helped enslaved Black men and women travel north to freedom and fought for the Union during the Civil War.
  • On abortion: Kanye said that while he believes it should be legal, financial incentives to help struggling mothers could be a way to discourage the practice.
  • West became tearful at one point while talking about his mother, who died following plastic surgery complications in 2007.

Moving Forward: West needs to collect 10,000 signatures by noon Monday to appear on the South Carolina ballot, according to state law.

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