- People on Twitter ask whose ancestors would’ve passed immigrant ‘wealth test’ Monday 6:54 PM
- Kobe Bryant helicopter crash mocked in teen’s TikTok video Monday 6:38 PM
- Chiefs, Bears, Packers have Twitter accounts hacked Monday 3:48 PM
- Washington Post reporter suspended amid backlash over Kobe Bryant tweet Monday 3:08 PM
- America is united in hating Ken Starr’s impeachment hat Monday 3:01 PM
- In ‘Cuties,’ the contradictions of growing up come to a head Monday 1:55 PM
- Racist tweets blame fruit bat soup for coronavirus Monday 1:25 PM
- What is the #ILeftTheGOP movement? Monday 1:21 PM
- The Grammys were weird and sad—but the Billy Porter hat memes offered some levity Monday 12:36 PM
- Auschwitz Museum calls on Facebook to ban Holocaust denialism Monday 11:59 AM
- YouTuber who said his girlfriend was dead now says he faked it Monday 11:42 AM
- Review: Kentucky Route Zero is one of the most magical games ever made Monday 11:00 AM
- Backlash grows against Clearview as lawsuit looms Monday 10:58 AM
- Tyler the Creator calls out the Grammys for racism over ‘Rap Album’ win Monday 10:25 AM
- Democrats call on John Bolton to testify after book bombshell Monday 9:56 AM
Kanye West already had some controversial thoughts about slavery that resulted in plenty of backlash from the internet this year, but new pushback arrived Sunday after he appeared to suggest abolishing the 13th Amendment, which prompted criticism from none other than Captain America himself.
After performing on Saturday Night Live, West posted a photo of himself on a plane wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat—which he’s worn before—and called for the abolishment of the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery.
“We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment,” he wrote.
this represents good and America becoming whole again. We will no longer outsource to other countries. We build factories here in America and create jobs. We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment. Message sent with love pic.twitter.com/a15WqI8zgu— ye (@kanyewest) September 30, 2018
The disconcerting Kanye West 13th Amendment tweet was almost instantly criticized. Chris Evans, in particular, noted how frustrating it is to debate someone “who doesn’t know history, doesn’t read books, and frames their myopia as virtue.”
There’s nothing more maddening than debating someone who doesn’t know history, doesn’t read books, and frames their myopia as virtue. The level of unapologetic conjecture I’ve encountered lately isn’t just frustrating, it’s retrogressive, unprecedented and absolutely terrifying. https://t.co/4jCFwB4T5U— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) September 30, 2018
West later clarified that he simply wanted to get rid of the loophole in the 13th Amendment, which allows an exception for slavery or involuntary servitude “as a punishment for a crime of where the party shall have been duly convicted.”
the 13th Amendment is slavery in disguise meaning it never ended We are the solution that heals— ye (@kanyewest) September 30, 2018
not abolish but. let’s amend the 13th amendment— ye (@kanyewest) September 30, 2018
We apply everyone’s opinions to our platform
He’s likely referring to the U.S. prison industrial complex. While the overall incarceration rate is at a 20-year low, it disproportionately affects people of color; it especially affects Black people, who are imprisoned more than five times as much as white people. The U.S.’s mass incarceration and how many say it’s essentially continued slavery since its abolishment is covered in Ava DuVernay’s Oscar-nominated documentary 13th.
DuVernay, for her part, chose not to engage with West’s tweets about the 13th Amendment, both his call to abolish and later amend it.
I’m consciously choosing to tweet about plant-based burgers and not current statements about the 13th Amendment from a certain MAGA follower. Respectfully, please don’t @ me. I can’t do nothing for him. pic.twitter.com/NX2Vphaz9m— Ava DuVernay (@ava) September 30, 2018
Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.