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#IfSlaveryWasAChoice surfaces after Kanye West slavery comments

The viral hashtag surfaced online after Kanye West suggested slavery was a choice

After Kanye West suggested slavery was a choice during a recent TMZ interview, several have disputed his comments on social media with the viral hashtag #IfSlaveryWasAChoice.

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On Tuesday, the rapper made an appearance on the show to chat about his return to Twitter and his definition of free-thought. 

While explaining his views, he mentioned slavery. “When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” he said.

His remarks not only roused TMZ’s Van Lathan, but he also seemingly sparked #IfSlaveryWasAChoice across social media. 

Many used the trend to create fictitious scenarios, where enslaved African-Americans from previous centuries experienced freedom without suffering dangerous consequences. 

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Several imagined what it would have been like had slaves refused to work or follow rules without punishment. 


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Others envisioned slavery with benefit packages and the option to scout positions using job sites, such as Career Builder. 


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And a few just chimed in with their general thoughts on the hashtag. While some thought it was funny, others said it was a mockery. 


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