Kanye West took his political rhetoric to a whole other level on Sunday (September 30) when he proclaimed he wanted to abolish the 13th amendment. From a private jet — which was presumably on its way from New York City to Los Angeles — YE tweeted a photo of himself proudly sporting his MAGA hat.
“This represents good and America becoming whole again,” he wrote. “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.”
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
Amendment XIII of the Constitution of the United States Of America was passed in 1864. Section I states: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
Section II reads: “Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”
Penal labor in the U.S. is a form of slavery or involuntary servitude and allowed under the 13th amendment, so it’s possible YE is specifically talking about prison reform. However, the way he worded it made it easy to misinterpret.
Not too long after firing off the initial tweet, he followed up with a clarification.
“The 13th Amendment is slavery in disguise … meaning it never ended,” he added. “We are the solution that heals.”