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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Kanye West performs at the Rn. 1st Annual Roc City Classic Starring Kevin Durant x Kanye West on February 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Roc Nation)

On Saturday (Oct. 5), Kanye West appeared in Salt Lake City to present his Sunday Service. Shortly after ‘Ye took the stage, he went on a rant regarding the criticism he’s received over his pro-Trump commentary and shared with the crowd that it was a Republican president who freed enslaved Africans who were a part of the Transatlantic slave trade, as Complex reports.

“Abraham Lincoln was the Whig Party—that’s the Republican Party that freed the slaves,” West said, prior to telling the crowd he refuses to oppose Trump simply because he is black.

“[…] I ain’t never make a decision based only on my color. That’s a form of slavery — mental slavery. I ain’t drink from the white person fountain. … I ain’t playing with them. All these mind controllers, the media, all of these mind controllers. I find that wherever Christ is where I’ve got my mind at. We find that the love of Christ is where I’ve got my mind back.”

Last year, Kanye West made similar statements on social media and received mass criticism for not acknowledging that the Republican party has been realigned in the United States.

The “All Falls Down” rapper also suggested that the crowd be cautionary when it comes to social media.”Do not read comments on the internet,” he said. “These people don’t know you like that. Social media is designed to make you think slower. … They want to slow you down and control you.”

Kanye West’s Sunday Service in Salt Lake City follows his listening sessions for the Jesus Is King Experience that recently took place in Detroit, Chicago, and New York. The Salt Lake City service also served as an opportunity for ‘Ye to preview his documentary and forthcoming album. Kanye West’s project is slated to premiere at IMAX theaters on Oct. 25. However, the album, Jesus Is King Experience, has been canceled.

 

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.