Anti Semitism once again on rise; Kanye West right in middle


Screenshot by Rae Weinstein

Kanye West posts Anti- Semitic remarks on Twitter on Oct. 8. He later deleted the tweets but Twitter suspended his account.

Once again I am writing as a scared Jewish student in a world filled with hate, violence and white supremacy. One would think that those in the spotlight, like celebrities, should be promoting tolerance and peace. Kanye West, already a controversial person, did anything but this.

After wearing a “White Lives Matter” shirt at Paris Fashion Week, West joined Fox News’ Tucker Carslon in a unaired interview where he apparently made a series of Anti-Semitic comments, later posting a series of texts and tweets, resulting in suspended accounts, saying he would “go death con 3 on Jewish people,” referring to the state of readiness “Defcon 3” used by the United States Armed Forces. In the same tweet he said the Jews “toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone who opposes your agenda.”

Not only does it sound like he is threatening the Jewish people, but by saying this, he is playing into the dangerous and inaccurate stereotype that Jewish people control the world. This type of language is similar to that of the 1930s, before the Holocaust, such as the idea that Jews control the world and are the reason for other people’s misfortune.

It was later released by CNN that in an unreleased interview with TMZ, West said he admired what Hitler and the Nazis did for Germany and how he admires them which is sickening. It was also revealed by sources in his inner circle that he read Hilter’s autobiographical manifesto “Mein Kampf” and wanted to name his 2018 album “Hilter” but was later convinced to change it to “Ye.”

The actions by West are disturbing enough, but as a Jewish person what terrifies me even more is the reaction to his comments. While many brands and companies denounced his claims, others have been agreeing with him, saying “he finally woke up.”

Jewish cemeteries have been vandalized with graffiti saying “Kanye was right” and just this week, graffiti was discovered in our own backyard of Bethesda, depicting swastikas and hanging Jewish people with the phrase “no mercy for Jews.”

I am appalled, disgusted and above all petrified of what this means for me and Jewish people all over the country. I have always been grateful I live in an area with such a large Jewish population, but if these things can happen here what does that mean for me? Should I no longer wear my Star of David out in public, something I have always worn with pride?

It is hard for me to wrap my head around this. I do not understand how people can have so much hate for my people, let alone shout it out for the world to hear. My culture and what I believe is something I will always have with me, and it is terrifying to see violence against people like me over what we choose to believe.