Kanye West was in the center of controversy recently after making comments about the Jewish community that some people found to be offensive. The remarks were stated as part of his assertion that Jews have connections and wealth that far exceeds their representation in the population. West says that part of the reason that President Barack Obama struggles is because he doesn’t have the same connections that leading Jews have.
On the New York City radio station WWPR-FM, West said “Black people don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people.”
After he made this remark, the head of the Anti-Defamation League, Abraham Foxman, said that West was being anti-Semitic with his remarks.
“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,” he said.
But West isn’t backing down. During an interview with B96, a radio station in Chicago, West referred to his comments as an “ignorant compliment,”
“I think that it was kind of like an ignorant compliment” he said. “I don’t know how being told that you have money is like an insult. That would be like if somebody complimented black guys and said, ‘All black guys got big p*nises.’ And then you don’t want to be the black guy who raises his hand and says like, ‘That’s not true. I got proof!’”
He also says that a lot of his interviews get misinterpreted because people will take one snippet of the interview and share that with the public. Kanye claims that is the way that many of his emotional remarks get misread by the public.
“In all the interviews that I’ve been doing recently, there’s so much motivation, inspiration, and insight,” Kanye said. “And what they’ll do is just take this one sound bite that sounds the most, you know, awkward in a way…I think that yeah, we can compare ourselves to whoever we want to compare ourselves. So, when I do the comparison of soldiers or police officers or on a different side, Steve Jobs and Walt Disney. What I’m saying is to not look at it like I’m some celebrity that’s just sitting back and not working and not fighting and not contributing something to society. Like no, this is a contribution. Even just my messaging I put myself at risk [in a way]…So, when I say a soldier or police officer what I’m saying is that I look at that as the highest form of contribution to society.”
Kanye’s remarks about the Jewish community have received support from Min. Louis Farrakhan, who says that Kanye shouldn’t back down. Some think that Kanye is right. Of the nine members of the United States Supreme Court, one-third of them are Jewish. This is despite the fact that they represent just 2.2% of the American population. In contrast, there are roughly three times as many black women in the US are as there are Jews, but there has never been a black woman on the Supreme Court in the court’s 220 year history.
Maybe someone needs to figure out why this is true. It’s not because black women aren’t going to law school.