Black and Jewish communities are condemning Kanye West’s recent anti-Semitic tweets, accusing the rapper of pushing dangerous narratives about Black Jews.
In a now-deleted anti-Semitic tweet, the “Jesus Walks” singer, legally known as Ye, wrote that he planned to “death with 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE.”
In a statement, the Black Jewish Entertainment Alliance described Ye’s message as a threat to Black and Jewish relations.
“Ye’s recent statements about the Jewish community are hurtful, offensive and wrong,” the organization, which launched in 2021, said in a statement. “They perpetuate stereotypes that have been the basis of discrimination and violence against Jews for thousands of years. Words like this tear at the fabric of the relationship between Blacks and Jews.”
Members of the Black Jewish community were also quick to call out Ye for his tweets.
“Yes, blacks can be Jews. I am living proof of that. But your Blackness does not cancel your anti-Semitism. And the ideology you purport in this tweet actually HARMS the very black Jews you refer to. This is extremely offensive and pointless,” content creator Raven Schwam-Curtis. wrote On twitter.
Shekhiynah Larks, program coordinator and diversity coach at Be’chol Lashon, an organization in San Francisco that advocates for Jews of color, warned that Ye’s comments relate to dangerous ideology.
“This narrative of ‘blacks are the real Jews’ must end. It’s harmful, it’s not true, it’s a historical erasure, it’s a community erasure, and it’s gotten to the point where people are starting to threaten bodily harm or commit acts of violence around this narrative,” Larks said in a video from TikTok.
On Saturday, Twitter temporarily blocked Ye’s account for violating its policies, and a Meta spokesperson confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the company had removed content from his Instagram account and restricted its use after moderators discovered he had violated guidelines. community posting.
“The Black and Jewish communities must stand united through incidents like this to make it clear that the trafficking of hateful stereotypes is unacceptable and that the words of one artist do not reflect the views of an entire community,” Black Jewish Entertainment said. Alliance.
The Anti-Defamation League also condemned Ye’s actions, saying “there is no excuse for him to spread slogans of white supremacy and classic #anti-Semitism about Jewish power, especially with the platform he has.”
Songwriter Autumn Rowe, who is black and Jewish and is on the executive committee of the Alliance, shared the statement on Instagram.
“Kanye has been a very inspiring artist to me for so many years. Hearing those opinions is incredibly painful,” Rowe told BuzzFeed News.
The Grammy-winning artist described how minority communities had been at odds with each other, saying that a lack of appreciation for each other’s history was causing more problems.
“There have been a lot of tensions in recent years, much of it due to the leadership in this country, which had allowed ‘anything goes’ at one point. So we’re in a state where people don’t feel heard and then there’s the generational trauma,” Rowe said.
The artists warned that Ye’s comments were not only divisive but also reopened wounds for the Jewish community. They urged artists to seek education.
Commenters on social media also criticized Ye and warned about the kind of damage his recent online activity could cause.
“A week of total hate that started with a total disrespect for Black trauma and ended with rampant anti-Semitism. Putting both blacks and Jews at risk of violence,” actor Brett Gelman wrote On twitter.