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What did Kanye West Say during His VMA Speech?

He had a lot to say.
August 29, 2016

During the VMAs, Kanye West gave a four-minute speech. It wasn’t a presidential bid like last year, but he did have a lot to say. Here is a part of his announcement:

“If you think about last week it was 22 people murdered in Chicago”. He continues “So I was speaking at the Art Institute last year and one kid came up to me and said, ‘three of my friends died and I don't know whether I'm going to be the next’. If you're seeing people die next to you, life might start to feel worthless in a way. I sit down and talk to older, rich people, a.k.a. white, you know, and they tell me, 'Don't compare yourself to Steve Jobs, and don’t compare yourself to Walt Disney.' My friend told me, 'there are three keys to keeping people impoverished: taking away their esteem, taking away their resources, and taking away their role models.' My role models are artist-merchants. Less than 10 I can name in history. Truman, Ford, Hughes, Disney, Jobs, West."