Wait…..say what?! Akon is under fire this week after an interview with VladTV where he was asked about the way slavery is viewed in the West African country where he spent most of his childhood, Senegal. But is he speaking facts for all or nah?!
According to him, Senegalese people no longer think about slavery simply because they were able to “overcome” the trauma, unlike African Americans.
Akon via VladTV:
“In Senegal, we’ve kind of overcome the thought of slavery, we don’t even think about it. The only time we think about it, honestly, is when we’re doing tours at Goree Island. Outside of that, people have lived and moved way beyond the slavery concept …”
Akon also added that Black Americans would benefit more by just “letting go” of slavery:
“I think it’s the art of just letting the past go and moving towards the future. And I think, in the U.S., they have this stigma of just not letting go of the past and blaming the past on every mishap or, you know, disappointment. I think as long as you hold onto that past, there’s a lot of weight that you carry with you everywhere you go. It’s hard to move forward and move fast when you got a weight on your back. You just gotta let it go.”
Akon states that African Americans need to “understand their worth” and accept the fact that America will never make up for their racist history and encourages Black people to move to Africa.
“They’re not sorry. They don’t care. It’s obvious “Do you want to stay here and continued to be treated this way? Or just go back home, where you’re not no longer the minority. You actually are the majority, and you control your destiny, your future, and your land … They just need to go … America did a good job at brainwashing. The moment you mention Africa, they start shaking. They don’t even know why.”
Keep in mind is Vladislav Lyubovny is a Russian man.
Needless to say Akon’s comments still got him dragged majorly on social media.
Check out Akon’s interview with VladTV below:
Did Akon have a point or was it straight pointless?! And for my Senegalese Snoopas , does Akon speak for all?!
What’s your 2 cents?!