Unpacking Kanye West’s Antisemitic Remarks

Conspiracy theories and anti-Semitic themes continue to be amplified by Ye. On October 16, during an interview on Revolt TV’s “Drink Champs” series, Ye repeatedly attributed blame to “Jewish media” and “Jewish Zionists” for various alleged wrongdoings. He asserted that “Jewish individuals have controlled the Black voice” and that “the Jewish community, particularly in the music industry…They’ll exploit us until our demise.” In addition, he mentioned Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and claimed that he was “exposing the Jewish culture. I’m urging you all to acknowledge and confess to your actions.” The interview was initially shared and subsequently taken down.

I cannot be an antisemite because I am a Semite, so it is incorrect to label me as antisemitic. Ye “Cuomo” and “Champs” Drink, both of whom I have previously defended, have also stated that Black people cannot be antisemitic. In addition, he claimed that his life was threatened by his Jewish accountant and lawyer managers due to his political beliefs. He also alleged that every celebrity has Jewish people in their contracts and criticized Chris Cuomo on NewsNation for doubling down on his antisemitism during an interview on October 17th, where he also criticized the so-called “Jewish underground mafia” and the “Jewish media.”

Fresh propaganda campaigns motivate and advance their personal interests, utilizing Ye’s remarks. The Goyim Defense League and White Lives Matter, along with other radical organizations, commended Ye during the weekend for aiding in the dissemination of their ideologies to a broader audience. Student Minister Ishmael Muhammad mentioned Ye’s recent statements in an October 16 sermon for the Nation of Islam’s yearly Holy Day of Atonement celebration. Ye’s remarks have been embraced by extremist groups with anti-Semitic beliefs.

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Recently, the artist formerly known as Kanye West, or Ye, has been using his social media presence to promote and reinforce anti-Semitic stereotypes through the means of control, power, and intimidation.

On October 6, Ye joined Tucker Carlson on Fox News after his decision to wear a “Lives White” shirt at Paris Fashion Week garnered heightened media attention. During the interview, he made a series of offensive and conspiratorial claims about Jewish people, referring to them as the “lost tribes of Christ” and suggesting that when he says people are Jewish, he means they are really Black. He also said it is impossible to fairly describe him as an antisemitic person because he is actually a Jew. He posited that Planned Parenthood was a product of collaboration between Margaret Sanger and the KKK, and described it as a “Black Jew control” population.

Ye also informed Carlson that he perceived Jared Kushner solely orchestrated diplomatic reconciliations between Arab nations and Israel in order to generate wealth. Furthermore, Ye expressed his preference for his children to acquire knowledge about Hannukah rather than “a complex Kwanzaa,” as he believed Hannukah would provide some economic strategies.

The next day, Ye shared screenshots of text messages on Instagram, insinuating that Jews in the music industry are using their purported control to intimidate and threaten him, defiantly stating that no one can influence or threaten him. The post has been deleted.

Twitter later deleted the tweet, in which Ye ominously mentioned going ‘death con 3 on JEWISH INDIVIDUALS,’ evoking the possibility of aggression. Ye also stated that Jewish individuals “played with” him, and that they “attempted to ostracize anyone who opposes” their “plan.”

Ye While, in recent years, there has been no stranger to controversy and antisemitism. This dangerous rhetoric may help advance the spread of existing false and antisemitic narratives by grouping extremists together.

Challenging Jewish Identity.

There is no evidence that Ye himself views as a member of any organized extremist group, but his recent remarks are reminiscent of popular tropes espoused by antisemites who claim that Jews are Black people and cannot be antisemitic.

The Bible does not explicitly address the historical relationship between the ancient Israelites and people of color, specifically the minority group of modern Jews. However, it does make a distinction to emphasize that “true Jews” are not defined by their color, whether they are Black Jews or Jews of any other race. Today, it is more common for people to associate Jewish identity with people of Jewish descent rather than people of Black descent. The Black Hebrew Israelite (BHI) movement, which rejects Judaism, includes both Black Jews and non-Jewish Black individuals among its followers.

Many proponents of the narrative “Jews fake” believe that modern Jews are part of a global conspiracy to oppress non-Jews. They use nefarious tactics and trickery to convince the world that they are the legitimate children of Israel and steal the religious heritage of Black people. Some sects, such as BHI, openly adhere to this extremist antisemitic belief and explicitly state that they are fake “imposters” within the mainstream Jewish community.

They cannot inherently believe that “semitic” refers to Black people because they view these groups as antisemitic. The Nation of Islam (NOI), the largest Black nationalist organization in the country with a long history of bigotry and antisemitism, espouses ideas that are highly reminiscent of both NOI members and adherents of the Black Hebrew Israelites (BHI). Ye provides his own defense for his antisemitic remarks.

Additionally, the NOI has specifically condemned both Sanger and Planned Parenthood for their purported involvement in this so-called “plan.” For instance, the Nation of Islam consistently advocates the belief that the U.S. Government and Jewish individuals have conspired on a “population reduction plan” targeting Black individuals. Ye’s assertion that Planned Parenthood was established as a means to manipulate or inflict harm upon the Black/Jewish community has also been endorsed by individuals with anti-Semitic views and shares similarities to other prevailing conspiracy theories regarding Planned Parenthood.

Jewish Influence over the Media & Recording Industry.

The trope of antisemitism has been famously promoted by Louis Farrakhan, but it is not unique to the Nation of Islam. This narrative has been evidenced by the promotion of extremist groups, and it has also been present in the discourse of black activists, performers, and other individuals in the music industry, including media control. It is a common talking point within these circles to invoke the antisemitic belief that Jewish people are disproportionately powerful and influential.

“The Call Final, a newspaper affiliated with the Nation of Islam, has published numerous articles over the years highlighting the alleged iron grip that Jewish businessmen have on our most talented Black artists. In his speeches, the leader of the NOI, Louis Farrakhan, regularly mentions these people and accuses them of promoting harmful and immoral behaviors to the Black community, especially within the hip hop and rap industry. These claims of antisemitism have been most frequent during Farrakhan’s 40-year tenure as the leader of NOI.”

Statements Regarding Jewish Wealth and Avarice.

The baseless idea that Jews can leverage their financial power for insidious purposes lends credence to two implications: the monetary and holiday suggestions about Jewish people. This vague suggestion also reinforces the stereotype that a prominent Jewish holiday is associated with “financial engineering.” Ye’s claim corroborates long-standing antisemitic tropes about Jewish control of money and financial institutions, as well as the alleged desire for financial gain driven by Kushner’s actions between Arab nations and Israel.

Previous Comments and Connection with Recognized Antisemites.

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Following the criticism of his political positions, Farrakhan once again came to the defense of Ye in 2018. In 2015, Ye participated in an event organized by Farrakhan in Los Angeles. The verse in Ye’s song “All Day” from 2015 refers to Farrakhan as “sensei.” In 2005, Ye publicly showed his support for the Millions More Movement by visiting the NOI’s headquarters at Mosque Maryam in Chicago. On various occasions, Ye and Farrakhan have openly displayed their mutual admiration and endorsement for each other.

Public Assistance and Radical Responses.

After Ye’s most prominent conspiracy theorists and extremist groups, quick influencers were leveraging their beliefs to express and support antisemitic words.

The Twitter account that appears to belong to a social media influencer who is affiliated with the Nation of Islam (NOI) and promotes antisemitic and conspiratorial content has been terminated by Twitter. The individuals who were involved in our enslavement, and claim that they have done evils to our ancestors, argue that Black people owe reparations because they cannot be considered as true Hebrews or true Jews.

During his appearance on the Hip Hop Uncensored News podcast, Kanye West, a member of the Executive Council of the Nation of Islam and the Student Minister Wesley Muhammad, stated that Hollywood executives of Jewish descent are responsible for the carnage and chaos that hip-hop has become, resulting in the commandeering of Black life. He further emphasized that he sees a valid reason to go on DEFCON 3 and threaten these Jewish executives, as he believes they are a very dangerous enemy and that he is now speaking a lot of truth.

In a prison-like social platform, you will never have the opportunity to express yourself, as they use the term “shutting and muzzling” to describe the act of putting you and other people into this situation. In the same episode of the Student Minister Muhammad Nuri NOI podcast, Ye also defended the statement that stating Black people are the real Semite means being anti-Semitic yourself.

During a livestream on October 10th, the leaders of the Practical Universal Knowledge School of Israelite (ISUPK, IUIC) in Kansas City, United States, defended the comments tied to their teachings about Black people being the true Jews and not the Ashkenazi or Edomite Jews, stating that he is not antisemitic.