The black and Jewish community has condemned 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” performer, formally known as Ye, wrote that he was planning a “Death Con 3 against the Jews.”
In a statement, the Black Jewish Entertainment League described Ye’s message as a threat to black-Jewish relations.
“Your recent statements about the Jewish community are hurtful, offensive and wrong,” the organization, which was founded in 2021, said in a statement. It perpetuates the stereotypes that have been the basis for: Words like these tear down the fabric of the relationship between blacks and Jews.”
Members of the black Jewish community were also quick to speak out about Ye’s tweet.
“Yeah, black people can be Jewish. I’m living proof of that. But your blackness doesn’t negate your anti-Semitism.” The ideology really harms the very black Jews you are referring to. I have written on Twitter.
Shekhiynah Larks, program coordinator and diversity trainer at Be’chol Lashon, a San Francisco organization advocating for Jews of color, warned that Ye’s comments exploited a dangerous ideology.
“This ‘blacks are real Jews’ narrative must stop. It is harmful, untrue, historical erasure, community erasure, where people threaten physical harm, It even comes to the point of committing acts of violence surrounding the story.
On Saturday, Twitter temporarily locked Ye’s account for violating its policies, and a Meta spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that the company had taken action after moderators discovered he was violating community posting guidelines. has removed the content from his Instagram account and restricted his use.
“The black and Jewish communities are united through incidents like this to make clear that hateful stereotypes of human trafficking will not be tolerated and that one entertainer’s words do not reflect the views of the community as a whole. We need to,” said the Black Jewish Entertainment Alliance.
The Anti-Defamation League also condemned Ye’s actions, calling it “an excuse to promote white supremacist slogans and classic anti-Semitism about Jewish power, especially on the platforms he has.” No,” he said.
Songwriter Autumn Rowe, who is black and Jewish and sits on the Alliance’s executive committee, shared a statement on Instagram.
“Kanye has been a very inspiring artist to me for many years. It’s incredibly hurtful to hear comments like this,” Rowe told BuzzFeed News.
The Grammy Award-winning artist explained how minority communities have been at odds with each other, saying their lack of appreciation for each other’s history is causing further problems.
“There has been a lot of tension over the past few years, mostly due to the leadership of this country that at some point made ‘anything goes’ possible. So we’re in a state that people feel is unheard of, and there’s a generational trauma,” Rowe said.
The artists warned that Ye’s comments would not only be divisive but also reopen wounds in the Jewish community.They urged the artists to seek education.
Social media commentators were also critical of Ye, warning of the kind of damage his recent online activity could cause.
“A week of utter hatred that begins with utter disrespect for black trauma and ends with irrepressible anti-Semitism. It puts both blacks and Jews at risk of violence.” Actor Brett Gelman I have written on Twitter.