Kanye West tweets anti-Semitic messages after Instagram ban

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Saturday, Instagram Restricted Kanye Westafter posting a screenshot of an anti-Semitic message he sent to fellow rapper Diddy. According to NRP, the message read: “I will use you as an example to show the Jewish people who told you to call me that no one can threaten or influence me. I told you it was war. Although a spokesperson for Meta declined to elaborate on which particular message restricted Kanye, all signs point to Diddy’s screenshot.

West responded to the restriction by returning to Twitter, where he hadn’t posted since 2020, and immediately posting a now-deleted tweet that read:

I’m a little sleepy tonight but when I wake up I’m gonna die a jerk 3 On JEWS Funny thing is I can’t be anti-semitic because black people are actually Jewish too You played with me and tried to black ball anyone who opposes your agenda

He later continued with “Who do you think created the cancel culture?” The tweet presumably implies that the Jewish people are censoring anyone who challenges a perceived Jewish “agenda”.

This isn’t Kanye’s first encounter with anti-Semitism. In 2013, he claimed that Obama was struggling to pass his legislation because “black people don’t have the same level of relationships as Jews… We’re not Jews. We don’t have a family that has money like that. Most recently, West wore a t-shirt that read “White Lives Matter,” which is a popular white supremacist slogan.

please just stop

We could use this recent flurry of anti-Semitic comments to talk about what a bad person Kanye West is, or speculate about his sanity. But let’s not! West, like other celebrities who have launched into anti-Semitic rants, are symptoms of a deeper problem. anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry have been on the rise for years, made possible by Trumpism and white supremacy. Even before that, however, anti-Semitism has always been prevalent in American culture, even if it is not always immediately visible.

West’s recent comments are not new, either to him or to other American anti-Semites. For every public comment there are years of private conversations and a lifetime of indoctrination. West’s comments are just a reminder of the constant threat that Jews and other minorities face — not just seeing cruel stereotypes spread on social media, but having someone make us ” Death Con 3” in real life.

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