Over the weekend, Kanye West was photographed with a jacket emblazoned with the confederate flag. This comes in the wake of criticism that Kanye has faced in recent weeks over the selling of merchandise that bears the controversial slavery-era symbol.

West appeared on Los Angeles radio station 97.1 AMP, where he explained why he has recently embraced the former flag of the Confederacy and put it in on his merchandise, People reports.

“You know, the Confederate flag represented slavery in a way – that's my abstract take on what I know about it,” he said, according to People. “So I made the song 'New Slaves.' So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It's my flag. Now what are you going to do?"

[Via People]