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Rapper-turned-fashion mogul Kanye West, now-turned-presidential candidate, opened up about his views on abortion, how his father asked him for an apology for comments he made during one of his political appearances, and slammed those against him sharing a male perspective on the matter in a wide-ranging interview. Speaking to Nick Cannon on his YouTube podcast …
Rapper-turned-fashion mogul Kanye West, now-turned-presidential candidate, opened up about his views on abortion, how his father asked him for an apology for comments he made during one of his political appearances, and slammed those against him sharing a male perspective on the matter in a wide-ranging interview.
Speaking to Nick Cannon on his YouTube podcast in an interview filmed Tuesday, the billionaire rapper got candid about his views.
The topic first came up when West and Cannon spoke about the rapper being recognized by Bloomberg News for having a larger net worth than was reported by Forbes.
West said the wealth paled in comparison to another of his accomplishments.
That accomplishment, he said, was “still being sensitive enough to cry at the idea of aborting my daughter.”
The new era politician went on to discuss with Cannon how people reacted to his South Carolina political rally, where West caused a stir by sobbing that he and wife Kim Kardashian West considered aborting their eldest child, daughter North.
Cannon commented to the sneaker mogul that “people couldn’t understand” what made him react in such a way, adding that the public failed “to see the humanity” in what he was saying.
West, who is vehemently pro-life, defended himself by stressing the importance of family.
“Family is just the key to the world, period. From our immediate family to our friends and family, our co-workers and family, our city and family, our state and family, our country and family, our world,” the rap superstar said.
“The culture of humanity needs to be family,” West continued, adding, “The design of our cities, the design of our schools, there’s a lot of things designed for us to not promote family, they’re designed to create separation.”
Abortion has become a central component of West’s campaign, and the artist continued to reference it throughout the interview.
“There’s some harsh facts that deal with the black genocide that is abortion, and it’s happening every day,” West said, adding that God had given him this information because he wanted him to use his platform to share it.
Over the past 50 years, the rap superstar said, more than 22.5 million black children were aborted “strategically and on purpose.”
“Planned Parenthood was set up and placed in minority communities to kill black people,” West asserted.
Cannon and West then discussed Margaret Sanger, a founder of Planned Parenthood, whom the organization recently disavowed over her connections to the eugenics movement.
The rapper then pulled out his phone, reading a damning account of Sanger.
“Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was an avowed racist whose goal was to reduce the black population in America and she succeeded. Eighty percent of abortion clinics in America are in minority neighborhoods,” West read from his phone.
Planned Parenthood was founded by Sanger, her sister and a friend in 1916 as America’s first birth control clinic in Brooklyn.
While she was beloved by feminists for her views on women’s reproductive access, she also supported eugenics, the discredited movement promoting selective breeding that often targeted people of color and the disabled.
While noting that black babies were aborted every day, West argued that “we are inside of genocide as we speak.”
Cannon, who is similarly pro-life and expressed like-minded views on supporting black motherhood, asked the artist if he needed to run for the presidency in order to adequately promote these different points of view.
“Well, it hit me to run for president in 2015,” West said, before explaining that he made his decision to name his political party the Birthday Party because it was “about life,” referencing abortion again.
“The connection point to the Birthday Party is dealing with life, and pro-life, because these are kids who are now going to get a chance to have birthdays.”
Kanye went on to explain that with his candidacy and promoting black motherhood, more children would be born, and thus, more children would have birthday parties.
West continued that while some in the media wanted to knock him for crying at the South Carolina rally at the thought of aborting his daughter, “there are people who have decided to have [their] child because they connected” to what he said.
“Because of South Carolina, there are people who have decided to have the child because they connected. If they were on the fence about it, they never saw anyone in my position take that position.”
West then referenced his father, who he said made him apologize for bringing up at his raucous rally that his parents had wanted to abort him as well.
“My father made me apologize to him for bringing this up publicly … he also said the abortion culture teaches people that a child isn’t a real soul.”
Soon after, West decried how men were removed from the abortion conversation, remarking that he felt the need to be mindful about using the word “abortion” as a man.
“That’s how shook we are about using the word ‘abortion’ as men,” he said.
Cannon shared West’s frustration as a male, saying that it was an argument made by those on the pro-choice side of the issue that men couldn’t be involved in the conversation.
“Well, that’s a strategy to take the male opinion out of any conversation, like taking the leaders and the males out of neighborhoods in the ’80s,” West replied.
“You need both opinions,” the rap superstar continued, “you need the male and the female opinion.”