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Don Lemon Lays Into Kanye West Over Slavery Remarks

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“He’s embarrassing himself.”

Ever since his reemergence on social media, Kanye West has been under scrutiny. The rapper, who has a long history of promoting his own brand of divisiveness, has come back with a staunch pro-Trump stance and prominent figures in the black community and entertainment industry aren't having it.

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After an initial string of tweets calling Trump his "brother," West, at the behest of his wife, later tweeted a small retraction, clarifying that he doesn't agree with everything Trump is doing and that the only person he 100% agrees with is himself.

This time around its CNN anchor Don Lemon calling West out on his behavior, referring to a recent TMZ interview where West said that, at some point, the 400 years of slavery blacks suffered under became a choice. "He's embarrassing himself," said Lemon, "he doesn't know history."

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Hot 97's Ebro Darden joined Lemon to discuss Kanye's latest controversial behavior. "I think what we're seeing right now is a sad case of someone who isn't listening to people around him who are trying to tell him to just think first," said Darden. "Kanye has allowed himself to be used as a tool for people who align themselves with hate groups and white supremacy in this country." Watch the whole discussion on The Wrap, here.

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