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Kanye West, who always seems to stir up debate, was seen wearing a jacket emblazoned with the Confederate flag on Saturday, according to People magazine.

The star, who was engaged to Kim Kardashian at the end last month, has been criticized for having the flag on merchandise for his current Yeezus tour, which features the new release "New Slaves."

The merchandise, now on sale at a store next to Kardashian's DASH store, includes T-shirts featuring the flag along with a skull and the words "I ain't comin' down," according to People

He told a Los Angeles radio station that it's an "abstract take" on what he knows about slavery.

"I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It's my flag. Now what are you going to do?" West told 97.1 AMP last week.

In the  interview with the station, West, 36, explained the reasoning behind using the flag – which was adopted by the Southern states as a battle flag during the American Civil War but has come to represent a symbol of racism and hate to many.

"React how you want," he said. "Any energy is good energy. You know the Confederate flag represented slavery in a way – that's my abstract take on what I know about it. So I made the song 'New Slaves.' "

Last week, West postponed the rest of his "Yeezus" tour after a 60-foot LED screen used during his shows was damaged.

A representative for the rapper says a truck that carried the screen was in an accident Wednesday that "damaged the gear beyond repair." The truck was on its way to Vancouver.

The rep said in a statement Thursday that it would be "impossible" to put on a show until the screen is repaired.

Thursday's show in Vancouver and next week's shows in Denver and Minneapolis were postponed. The West rep planned to provide an update later on any new dates.

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