October 12, 2022

Kanye West

“Kanye West once suggested slavery was a choice. He called the COVID-19 vaccine ‘the mark of the beast.’ Earlier this month, he was criticized for wearing a ‘White Lives Matter’ T-shirt to his collection at Paris Fashion Week. Now the rapper who is legally known as Ye is again embroiled in controversy — locked out of Twitter and Instagram over antisemetic [sic] posts that the social networks said Sunday violated their policies. In one post on Twitter, Ye said he would soon go ‘death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE’… ‘You guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda,’ he said in the same tweet posted late Saturday, which was removed by Twitter.” AP News

Both sides condemn West’s antisemitic comments:

“Ye has promoted the notions that Jewish politicians are motivated solely by profit, that Jewish people exert an outsize level of control, and that Jews are actually black — the foundational and historically inaccurate claim at the center of the radical Black Hebrew Israelite ideology, which not only fueled two deadly attacks in December 2019 but also the waves of physical violence against Jews in black communities…

“When we consider this [in the] context of recent comments made by Ye, including the claim that Jared Kushner, who is Jewish, only pushed for the Abraham Accords to ‘make money’ or that ‘black people don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people’… [it is clear that] Ye is antisemitic.”
Ian Haworth, Washington Examiner

“It’s a common misconception that anti-Semitism is simply a personal prejudice toward Jewish people. It’s not. It’s also a conspiracy theory about how the entire world works, blaming shadowy Jewish figures for countless societal problems. Kanye’s tweets aptly illustrate why this form of anti-Semitism is so difficult to uproot: It’s a self-affirming conspiracy theory. The anti-Semite claims that Jews control everything. Then, if they are penalized for their bigotry, they point to that as proof. Heads, they win; tails, Jews lose…

This dynamic creates an agonizing catch-22 for Jews when they are confronted with prejudice: If they say nothing, the hatred spreads unchecked. If they say something, and it results in any consequences for the anti-Semite, the bigot just uses that as evidence for their anti-Semitic worldview… There is no way for Jews to square this circle. Anti-Semitism is a non-Jewish problem, and it requires a non-Jewish solution.”
Yair Rosenberg, The Atlantic

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