Kanye West is opening up this week about his views on abortion, calling it a “black genocide.”
The 43-year-old sat down with fellow entertainer Nick Cannon for an episode of his “Cannon’s Class” podcast in which the two divulged into a number of topics, one of which being that of abortion in America.
“There’s some harsh facts that deal with the black genocide that is abortion, and it’s happening every day,” West said, adding that God wanted him to use his platform to share this information.
Over the past 50 years, the rapper said, 22.5 million black children were aborted “strategically and on purpose.”
“Planned Parenthood was set up and placed in minority communities to kill black people,” West says, noting that “over 1,000 black babies are aborted every day.”
Cannon, who is also a vocal pro-life advocate, pointed to the racist beliefs of Margaret Sanger—the founder of Planned Parenthood, and listened intently as West read an excerpt about her from his phone.
“Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was an avowed racist whose goal was to reduce the black population in America and she succeeded,” West read from his phone. “Eighty percent of abortion clinics in America are in minority neighborhoods.”
The organization recently disavowed Sanger over her “harmful connections” to racist movements, like eugenics.
“We are inside genocide as we speak,” West says.
“It’s a topic that they say as men, we should not be having a full conversation about abortion,” Cannon says, asking what West would say to those who argue it’s not his place to talk about abortion because he’s not a woman.
“Well, that’s a strategy to take the male opinion out of any conversation, like taking the leaders and the males out of neighborhoods in the ’80s,” West replied.
“You need both opinions,” he continued, “you need the male and the female opinion. And also, it’s both people’s child.”
The “Jesus Is King” rapper received a lot of backlash earlier this year after revealing at a presidential campaign stop in South Carolina, that he and his wife, Kim Kardashian, had initially considered aborting their now-7-year-old daughter, North. People criticized him for crying over the ordeal. It was later reported he was in the thick of a bipolar episode.
“For anyone who wants to tear me down for crying, you realize that, because of South Carolina, there are people who have decided to have a child? Because they connected. And if they were on the fence about it, they never saw anyone in my position take that position and say, ‘Look at this. This is a 7-year-old right here. And she might have never made it here.’”
You can watch the full 44-minute interview below: