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Baltimore park space where Confederate statue once stood is rededicated to Harriet Tubman

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Many were not happy with Kanye’s statement about Harriet Tubman during his recent rally in South Carolina. West said, “Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves, she just had the slaves go work for other white people.”

Harriet Tubman’s great-great-great niece Tina Wyatt responds to his statement.

Wyatt said, “If it hadn’t been for people like her, he would still be on that plantation. He would not be out there saying the things he says, and he wouldn’t have the money he has. Because [the slave owners] would have it all. So, when he says that she didn’t free slaves.”

Wyatt continued, “he doesn’t even understand who she was as a woman. I don’t even understand what he meant when he said that she did what she did so they could work for white people. I don’t understand what that meant. They had freedom so they could be able to work wherever they wanted to work, create businesses, and we started doing that. We started flourishing. And then they introduced Black codes to stop it. That’s what she would tell him. She would tell him, ‘Uplift.'”

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