Pharrell Says Slavery Was “Far From a Choice”

Kanye West’s “slavery sounds like a choice” comments on TMZ live created a huge stir back in May and invited comments from critics and fans alike, condemning his statements.


“When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice. You was there for 400 years, and it is all of y’all?” Kanye said during the interview. Pharrell has now reacted to the ‘Ye’s controversial statement in his own subtle way. Pharrell has partnered with Spottily for their “Black history is happening now” campaign which includes a video promo featuring the rapper-producer where he makes clear his view on the subject: it was far from a choice.

“One thing you cannot deny is, this country was built by the hands of many different cultures, but mainly the African Americans, because they were the ones that were put to task to go out and actually do the work,” Pharrell says in his message. “And all the while having to endure the pillaging of where they were from, identities taken from, and forced to do things that they didn’t want to do. Far from a choice,” he continues.

“Our influence is everywhere, in clothing, in music. You know, there would be no rock & roll without us. Like, we’ve been here. Black now is America, black future is America, black history is America,” Pharrell concludes. Watch the promo video above.

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