Chance the Rapper released a statement Friday clarifying comments he made Wednesday about Democrats and black people.
“Black people don’t have to be Democrats,” Chance tweeted Wednesday
Black people don’t have to be democrats.
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 25, 2018
The rapper posted the comment in response to rapper Kanye West, who stirred controversy after posting a number of tweets that had a conservative slant.
On Friday, President Donald Trump mentioned Chance in a tweet, thanking him and West.
The rapper made the comment “at the wrongest time,” Chance said in a Friday tweet.
The rapper said in the statement that he weighed in not to support Trump, but to defend West: “Anyone who knows me knows how passionate I am about my city and my loved ones. Kanye West is not just a mentor or big homie to me. He’s my family. No matter how much I may disagree with him, it’s hard for me to watch people talk about someone I love — even if they were justified in doing so.”
“My statement about black folks not having to be Democrats (though true), was a deflection from the real conversation and stemmed from a personal issue with the fact that Chicago has had generations of Democratic officials with no investment or regard for black schools, neighborhood, or black lives. But again, said that **** at the wrongest time,” Chance wrote.
Chance also took aim at Trump in the statement. “I’d never support anyone who has made a career out of hatred, racism, and discrimination,” he wrote.
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