Kanye West accused of anti-Semitism over Obama comments

The Anti-Defamation League says he is fuelling stereotypes of Jewish people as "all-powerful"

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Posted 5th December 2013 in News, Kanye West | By Clickmusic News Desk
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Kanye West has been criticised by the Anti-Defamation League this week after telling an interviewer that black people "don't have the same level of connections as Jewish people". His comments on the radio show have since culminated in accusations of homophobia from the ADL, who are asking the rapper to apologise for his comments because they suggest that Jewish people are "all-powerful" and controlling the levers of government.

In an interview with Power 105, Kanye told the radio host: "Man, let me tell you something 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 connections as oil people."

"We ain't Jewish. We don't got family that got money like that. The rappers became the new family."

The Anti-Defamation League's National Director Abraham H. Foxman slammed the remarks as "fuelling anti-Semitic stereotypes" and released a statement on the league's official website:

"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."