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Kanye West Responds to His Comments about Jews Having Money and Power: Is He Right?


Kanye West Responds to His Comments about Jews Having Money and Power: Is He Right?


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.

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“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.


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  1. Antonio

    December 21, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    I have seen what the first Commenter said to be true in fact 100% true. Just because a race of people are successful does not always mean they did not work hard to get to the level where they might be now. Where I live it’s a melting pot, seems like every race in the world is here, working together and some do better than others. There is always strength in numbers, we as a race of black people have already seen this happen during the 1960’s. We can’t punish success. don’t hate it either, watch and learn and hopefully we can someday come together like other races do.

  2. mmdccbslm

    December 23, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Kanye is a hypocrite and an idiot.

  3. J. D. Hill

    June 9, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Kanye’s comments were not anti-Semitic. They were pro-Semitic.
    But Kanye did not go far enough to state why it is that Jews [also Asians, Latinos, Europeans, and others] do significantly better economically than Blacks. The reason is that everybody circulates their dollars in their own ethnic communities, except Black folk!

    We are the only race of people who protest when others don’t want our business. We are the only race of people who will not start our own businesses for our own people. We are the only race of people who will not support our own people who are in business. And, we are the only race of people who receive no training or models for business.

    Our churches are the best and the most lucrative businesses in
    the Black community. Churches that are successful have lots of loyal, paying members. If Black folk don’t like one church, we don’t abandon ship and run to a White church. We go to another Black church. We need to apply the same principle to Black businesses. If we do, then our Black businesses will thrive like our Black churches that have several folk on payroll doing nothing but making sure that the church business perpetuates

    Every Black, able-bodied person needs some kind of business selling goods and service to other Blacks. Every Black with a dollar in his or her pocket needs to look for another Black from whom she or he can buy goods and services.

    Let us stop throwing our money into the dumpsters of everyone else’s community. Let’s keep as many dollars as we can in the hands of Blacks who are in or from our communities where our unemployed Blacks can find jobs and get paid for their work. Let’s circulate our money and stop begging others for jobs that we are helping to create for others!

    • Antoine C

      September 7, 2015 at 1:47 am

      The problem is black people don’t trust each other. If we could free our minds and cure ourselves of this sickness, I’ll just label it The Slave Mentality for reasons regarding everything that’s happening to us currently too everything that’s happened in the past.

    • Kathy

      September 7, 2015 at 12:39 pm

      Such a great response. We need to find ways to support our people economically.

  4. Dale

    June 11, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Preach J.D.! Now thats what I call a gospel. I would like to add that Blacks are trained to be this way. We are being racist for doing what every last group does here in the U.S. Dr. Claude Anderson tried to establish a african town in Detroit in order for us to have the black dollar circulate in our community and everyone was against it including black folk. There is a china town for all asians in every major city and no one finds that to be racist. And its not. We are a group that reject what other groups do even though we can see all around us that they are not following the same program we are. Your suppose to put yourself first. As a group we promote this idea of being an inferior race in choosing to take care of every race of people except our own. Asian people have been able to send their children to college because of our inferiority complex. Black businesses continue to struggle while Chinese food restaurants thrive.and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

    • Kathy

      September 7, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      Wow! We should really take this comment to heart. Was just in a discussion about how we are all over the state of CA and no longer concentrated in one area where we can help each other thrive. There are a number of reasons for this, of course and not sure we are willing to do what it would take to recapture certain areas for ourselves and work to make them viable, thriving communities.

  5. Claudeo

    November 23, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Its more than just having wealth its more about the business of going out and getting the wealth. In the Black community where there is success unlimited but then there to be found controlling this wealth is the jewish guy whose running the business. Examples like the NBA (30 teams), the NFL (32 teams) all these major businesses where the majority of the workforce is Black you find the jewish man and the irish man running the show. In more cases than not Blacks find themselves on the outside looking in the wealth window.

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