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Kanye West Gives Impassioned Speech on Race at ‘BET Honors’ Special

The rapper accepted the Visionary Award at last night's pre-taped show

Kanye West accepted the Visionary Award at last night’s pre-taped BET Honors ceremonies in Washington, D.C. Though his speech didn’t quite have the usual sound bytes that grab headlines  often to the rapper’s chagrin  it was still an exceedingly memorable moment for Kanye.

Introduced by former mentor figure Dame Dash in an address that was as honest at it was conflicted (“It’s bittersweet, ‘coz I helped him get there but I’m not getting no more money with him”) and a tribute video that featured peers like Jay Z, Common, and wife Kim Kardashian, ‘Ye took the stage to talk about race. He recounted a story Kardashian told him about her father Robert getting enraged at a scrawled “nigger lover” message on his car. According to West, the elder Kardashian explained to Kim that “one day you may have a black child… and it’s gonna be hard.” He also decried the “slave mentality” that he feels people of color are ensared in, saying “Don’t think that because we can buy a $300,000 car that we’re free.”

Watch the powerful speech above, and check out the intro videos and other speeches from last night’s Honors over at BET