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FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West pose for a picture in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. West has deleted tweets posted on Dec. 13, 2016, explaining the meeting. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West pose for a picture in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. West has deleted tweets posted on Dec. 13, 2016, explaining the meeting. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
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Rapper Kanye West on TMZ on Tuesday that slavery was a choice, proclaiming his views as those of independent thinker.

West's assertion that slavery was a choice is not free-thinking, according to Harvard professor Leah Wright Riguer. The notion of slavery as a choice comes from decades' of revisionist history and the “pull yourself up from your bootstraps” narrative that permeates American cultural thought.

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Leah Wright Rigueur, professor at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and author of "The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power."

This segment aired on May 3, 2018.

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