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A High School Teacher Explains History to Kanye West

The rapper tweeted, "Republicans were the ones [who] helped black people." It's a little more complicated than that.
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States of America, at the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Abraham Lincoln Source: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican?

Kanye West, American rapper and 40-year-old eighth grade history student, just found out. And boy, is he shaken.

West, who seems to be experiencing some sort of political and philosophical awakening in real time since praising President Trump and declaring the 45th president "my brother" six days ago, tweeted out a text exchange on Monday with someone named "Steve." In the texts, Steve notes that Lincoln "freed and protected the slaves and he was Republican. Republicans were the ones who's [sic] helped black people." (The tweet—which prompted an avalanche of people trying to explain grade-school history to a major rapper—has since been deleted, but you can find it archived here.)

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