Kanye West defends his 'White Lives Matter' T-Shirts

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In a post on his Instagram on Wednesday, Kanye West defended

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his contentious "White Lives Matter" T-shirts.

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The 45-year-old rapper captioned a picture of a black, long-sleeved

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version of the shirt lying out on the ground, "Here's my latest response when people ask me why

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I made a tee that says white lives matter... THEY DO."

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According to sources close to West, He is perplexed by the negative

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response to his YZY Season Nine collection.

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When he saw the designs, front-row visitor Jaden Smith abruptly departed the performance.

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A phalanx of journalists, activists, and public personalities then criticized West.

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