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Kanye West Clarifies Comment About Abolishing 13th Amendment

The rapper tried to clear the air after another controversial remark about slavery.

Kanye West has tried to clarify his controversial tweet about abolishing the amendment that outlawed slavery, saying he misspoke.

West, scorched by an outcry that followed his call to “abolish the 13th amendment,” told TMZ late Monday that he meant to say “amend,” not abolish. And he said he was specifically addressing the 13th Amendment’s exemption for involuntary servitude as punishment for a crime.

“In order to make a freed man a slave, all you have to do is convict them of a crime,” West, quoting a friend, told TMZ’s Harvey Levin. Imprisoned African Americans are part of a modern slavery system, he suggested.

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