Kanye West Accused of Using ‘Classic Anti-Semitic Stereotype’

The Anti-Defamation League has responded to statements made by West in a radio interview

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Kanye West on Aug. 25, 2013, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

Last week, Kanye West appeared on an interview show on New York’s 105.1 FM radio and, in between discussing his latest album and comparing himself to Walt Disney and denouncing racism, got to the topic of the difference between rappers and… Jewish people. About 12 minutes into the 42-minute interview (linked above), West says of the atmosphere at Roc-A-Fella that, “We ain’t Jewish. We don’t got family that got money like that. The rappers became the new family.” Later, around the 32-minute mark, discussing the dearth of black billionaires, he says that, “Black people don’t have the same level connections as Jewish people.”

Now, anti-Semitism watchdog the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has responded to his remarks, calling him out for “fueling [a] classic anti-Semitic stereotype.” Abraham H. Foxman’s, the groups’ national director, said in a statement:

There it goes again, the age-old canard that Jews are all-powerful and control the levers of power in government. As a celebrity with a wide following, Kanye West should know better. We hope that he will take responsibility for his words, understand why they are so offensive, and apologize to those he has offended.

So far, no such apology has been forthcoming.

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This isn’t the first time that West has made use of the stereotype about the relationship between Judaism and money. As quoted in Touré’s book Never Drank the Kool-Aid, West once described Jay Z as his “Jewish father,” because “Jewish families show their sons how to make money.” He has also drawn criticism for comparing himself to Hitler (though in that last case he was referring to people looking at him like he’s as bad as Hitler, not to any similarity between his views and Naziism).

The ADL is no stranger to controversy itself, and has been accused of overreacting in other situations, but there’s no doubt that West’s remarks in this most recent radio interview do play into the anti-Semitic stereotype in question. Which is ironic, in the larger context of the interview: the whole point West was trying to make was, at its heart, about the way institutionalized prejudices affect artists working today.

But, if the rest of West’s radio interview was sincere, there’s some hope he might learn from being chastised by the ADL. “I want you to tell me everything that I’m doing wrong in front of everybody,” he says, “so that I can improve that.”

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14 comments
RoxanneRoxanadanna
RoxanneRoxanadanna

Actually, this tells us much about Kanye West. Here's a paragraph from an interview with Adolf Hitler in 1921:

"Once I really am in power, my first and foremost task will be the annihilation of the Jews. As soon as I have the power to do so, I will have gallows built in rows - at the Marienplatz in Munich, for example - as many as traffic allows.

"Then the Jews will be hanged indiscriminately, and they will remain hanging until they stink; they will hang there as long as the principles of hygiene permit. As soon as they have been untied, the next batch will be strung up, and so on down the line, until the last Jew in Munich has been exterminated. Other cities will follow suit, precisely in this fashion, until all Germany has been completely cleansed of Jews." (1)

...and:

"When I now broached the question of what the source of his so strongly felt hatred for the Jews was, and why he wanted to destroy this so undeniably intelligent race - a race to which the Germans and all other Aryans, if not the entire world, owed an incalculable debt in virtually all fields of art and knowledge, research and economics - Hitler suddenly calmed down and gave this unexpectedly sober and almost dispassionate explanation:"

"It is manifestly clear and has been proven in practice and by the facts of all revolutions that a struggle for ideals, for improvements of any kind whatsoever, absolutely must be supplemented with a struggle against some social class or caste.

"My object is to create first-rate revolutionary upheavals, regardless of what methods and means I have to use in the process. Earlier revolutions were directed either against the peasants, or the nobility and the clergy, or against dynasties and their network of vassals, but in no case has revolution succeeded without the presence of a lightning rod that could conduct and channel the odium of the general masses.

"With this very thing in mind I scanned the revolutionary events of history and put the question to myself against which racial element in Germany can I unleash my propaganda of hate with the greatest prospects of success? I had to find the right kind of victim, and especially one against whom the struggle would make sense, materially speaking. I can assure you that I examined every possible and thinkable solution to this problem, and, weighing every imaginable factor, I came to the conclusion that a campaign against the Jews would be as popular as it would be successful.

"There are few Germans who have not been vexed with the behavior of Jews or else have not suffered losses through them in some way or other. Disproportionately to their small number they account for an immense share of the German national wealth, which can just as easily be put to profitable use for the state and the general public as could the holdings of the monasteries, bishops, and nobility.

"Once the hatred and the battle against the Jews have been really stirred up, their resistance will necessarily crumble in the shortest possible time. They are totally defenseless, and no one will stand up to protect them."

http://www.nizkor.org/hweb/people/h/hitler-adolf/hitler-1922.html

Now for Mr. West, nothing in  "fields of art and knowledge, research and economics" is of importance. All that matters, judging from his music, is pleasing his genitalia, consuming intoxicants & the money to obtain such.  Hence, the recent comments about Jews from Kanye like individuals respecting the knockout crimes.  The latest is that the FBI needs to investigate the one reverse knockout because the Jews will not be punished; apparently the security force of Hasids constitutes a threat. What really matters, of course, is removing barriers to robbing Jews of what money they have the better to obtain liquor, drugs, & money to pay prostitutes.

augurae
augurae

This is simple: if the medias all attack him and his carrier is suddenly ruined, it proves that he's right

georgina29
georgina29

He clearly is an anti semite and I'm just wondering why there's no backlash to his statements ... I think the reaction would be much stronger if he made a racist remark - but we allow this kind of stereotyping.

blackdreamhunk
blackdreamhunk

Funny, I don't remember him actually saying that. As I remember it he said that “Black People don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people.” Which is true in part. Look how many Jews there are on the Forbes 400.(143) There is one As for the whole Semitic thing what right do white people have to place the ancient Hebrews who are black people as white people? who wrote the Torah. What is the likely hood of their pigmentation? Did they look like the people that are in Israel now? 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-shaKOe77QY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiGo-ybL-7E

 http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131008112539.htm



blackdreamhunk
blackdreamhunk

Kanye West  like Obama is hated because their black. America is an anti black country. When your white and Jewish your the master race. Who wrote the curse of ham myth? who is god "chosen people" the master race. Black people are less than human and should be dogs.  If your black you are less than human. Lets be honest what did bush ever do for black people?

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p75-7ksDPFA

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFP6VUGwmAg

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhy_-6SfGkc

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

Well lets face it, some stereotypes are true.  Jewish people are well hooked up in many businesses and in the media.   Also, many black people like Kanye are ignorant, stupid, and a waste of life.

RoxanneRoxanadanna
RoxanneRoxanadanna

@blackdreamhunk Why did Moses choose a Black woman (from Cush), if what you say is true?  Why was Solomon's favorite wife the Queen of Sheba, a Black woman? Good gosh, if you look up the Talmudic interpretation you will see your analysis is bogus. Yes, like the White Christians & White Muslims around them, Jews eventually adopted an anti-Black attitudes, but that's simply saying Jews were part of a a slave based economy that emerged in part because of racist long distance slave trade. To blame any particular group for that is to misinterpret history rather crudely.

NooniUnicorn
NooniUnicorn

@blackdreamhunk I can't even get past your grammar and spelling as is, let alone content.  

Whining that Obama is an oppressed black POTUS?  LMAO.  Your whining card expired once Obama was elected.  Sorry!

Jews are "well-hooked up in the businesses" because they worked for it.  They didn't spend one day sitting on their arses ranting on about the [Christian] man.  Work ethics are quite different and it seems will always be.  People like you, who are black, will always cry "oppression!" and that buys you a seat to do nothing with your life.

What is it about color anyway?   So you claim the Jews, once ancient Hebrews, were originally black, and they're not really Jewish and you are, you are one of the chosen ones?  I feel confused.  Chosen ones for what exactly?  is this headed into religion.  Get over religion.  There is no god.  Never was, never will be.  

Don't see the Jews crying whining over WWII.


You + are = You're


zhenif
zhenif

@SukeMadiq Well let face the truth, I know it hurts but let agree that many whites are ignorants and stupid juste like you!!!

zhenif
zhenif

@WalterPinkmanHyzenburrg Well, we are dreamers and you a hater!!! you know what haters do??? Nothing other than HATING!!!! But guess what, still you don't hate you!!!!



SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

@zhenif @SukeMadiq 

"ignorants" is not a word.  Why do black people use ignorant in every sentence trying to sound smart when they don't even know what it means half the time?