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Louis Farrakhan Defends Kanye West's Anti-Semitic Comments

Farrakhan explains that West's opinions are not discriminatory

By: Ashley Ramnarain
Published: December 17th, 2013 in Culture » Society » News
Kanye West

Jews just can’t catch a break with celebrities this year, it seems - first it was Miley Cyrus stressing about old Jewish men controlling media and now it’s Kanye West.

When comparing Barack Obama to other presidents, West made a comment that has been causing some controversy in the Jewish community.

"Man, let me tell you about George Bush and oil money and Obama and no money. People want to say Obama can't make these moves or he's not executing. That's because he ain't got those connections. Black people don't have the same level of connections as Jewish people. Black people don't have the same connection as oil people,” West tells listeners in an interview with New York’s Power 105.1 radio station.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was not happy about Kanye’s Statement, releasing a statement on the organizations website, stating that West “should know better”.

“If the comments are true as reported, this is classic anti-Semitism. 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,” Abe H. Foxman said.

Directing his words to the Anti-Defamation League’s Abraham Foxman, Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam leader, clearly disagrees.

“You are telling Kanye West he should know better. He does know better and that’s why he said why he said,” Farrakhan stated.

On December 14, during an interview on the Final Call’s Youtube page, said, “Did he lie? No. He told the truth and the ADL, Mr. Foxman issued a press release.”

“You wouldn’t put that small-time stuff over on me that you put on scared-to-death Negroes that if they mention ‘Jew' and you call them ‘Anti-Semetic’ they start bowing to you and your pressure,” Farrakhan explains. "Kanye West, don’t bow to the pressure to bow to apologize to anybody. You said nothing wrong.”

The reason why Farrakhan believes that his words hold weight and authority regarding West’s comments and their controversy is quite simple.

“Who are you, Farrakhan, to tell him that he said nothing wrong?’” Farrakhan says. "I am directly from the Christ and the Messiah, so what I tell ‘ya has more weight than anything that these enemies might want to say. You have nothing to apologize for. It is their fear of the truth and that’s why it gives me pleasure to defend my brother.”

Related articles: Louis Farrakhan, Kanye West, Anti Defamation league, ADL, Jewish, Barrack Obama
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