While Nick Cannon hasn’t ventured head-on into the sunken place, the Wild n Out comedian did have a few wild thoughts about why slaves remained in bondage and says that guns are to blame.
Cannon talked to Vlad TV about the enslavement of Africans and offered up his own two cents, just weeks following Kanye West’s misguided “slavery was a choice” comments that sent social media into a frenzy, reports the Atlanta Black Star.
Said Nick Cannon: “When the physical species of … the Neanderthals or the people in Africa who were just genetically stronger in many different ways, whether it’s through the melanin in their skin, [are] able to withstand so much, they had never seen a f—ing gun before,” he explains to Vlad TV on Friday, May 11. “And so, if it wasn’t for guns, there would be no slavery because in that sense of these people came over with guns. They was like, ‘Oh I’ll f— you up!’ until you saw this mother f—er shot me, he must be some kinda god, I gotta listen to whatever this white man says.”
Another case of a comment being made without reference materials. Considering that Cannon’s taking classes at Howard U and we know they teach their students better, this comment is quite disappointing.
Nick Cannon is reportedly a gun proponent who doesn’t take issue with folks carrying controversial weapons like AR-15s which were used in a number of recent shootings.
“If you got an AR-15 goddammit I want the right to be able to buy one of those, too,” he says. “Now, if you don’t, if you take all the AR-15s away, I’m cool with that too.”
Cannon’s comments were seen by some as misguided.
“Slavery was around before the invention of guns,” someone commented. “This clown speaks as if it was just Blacks that was slaves. Slavery has been going on since the beginning of time.”
“This is another uneducated guess,” another said. “He sounds like Kanye. Slavery was going to happen regardless. Damn, what happened to common sense?”
“How about slavery would not exist if Africans didn’t capture other Africans and sell them???” someone else reasoned.