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Kanye Under Fire For Saying Harriet Tubman ‘Never Actually Freed The Slaves’ At Campaign Rally

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Because 2020 is the year that simply will not quit, it seems that Kanye West is indeed running for President of the United States, and is now holding campaign rallies amidst a global pandemic.

During his first rally in South Carolina, West said and did a number of chaotic things, including rewriting history and saying that Harriet Tubman “never actually freed the slaves.”

Needless to say, this is simply not true. Tubman freed over 300 enslaved people in a ten-year period and made 19 trips on the Underground Railroad in order to do so.

The rally continued to devolve from there, as West demanded a seat on the board of Adidas and Nike in order to continue his partnerships with them, along with having an emotional breakdown about abortion.

Including the Harriet Tubman comment, the rally seemed overall ineffective at persuading its crowd to vote for Kanye’s self-proclaimed “Birthday Party” political party in the upcoming 2020 United States Presidential election.

Folks also believe that perhaps the entire event was a symptom of something much deeper and more sinister in West’s mental health.

While Tubman’s legacy lives on and speaks for itself regardless of what Kanye West has to say about it, West’s legacy looks to be tarnished as he plows ahead with a capricious and scrambled campaign agenda.

If his mental health is at stake, hopefully he will get the help he needs. If you or someone you know needs mental health care, don’t hesitate to do some research and reach out to a provider.

Mike Walsh

Written by Mike Walsh

Mike is a writer, dancer, actor, and singer who recently graduated with his MFA from Columbia University. Mike's daily ambitions are to meet new dogs and make new puns on a daily basis. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @mikerowavables.