Minister Louis Farrakhan has expressed sharp and sometimes controversial views of Jews in the past. Now, the Nation of Islam leader has backed Kanye West's recent statement regarding Jews and defended the rapper against the claims of anti-Semitism by the Anti-Defamation League.
During Kanye West's recent New York media blitz, he visited the studios of Power 105 and expressed that Blacks aren't afforded the same opportunities and access to resources as Jewish people. The ADL took umbrage at the statement, calling West's comments “classic anti-Semitism.”
“Black people don't have the same level of connections as Jewish people,” West said during The Breakfast Club interview in November.
On Sunday (December 15), the Final Call's official YouTube channel uploaded a video from Minister Farrakhan and he addressed the controversy head on.
“Now the ADL has jumped on Kanye West, because he said; ‘Black people don't have the same level of connections as Jewish people. Black people don't have the same connection as oil people.' Did he lie? No, he told the truth.”
Minister Farrakhan addressed Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, adding, “I wish you and I could have a dialogue. 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-Semitic, they start bowing to you and your pressure.”
Minister Farrakhan ended his video by saying, “Kanye West, don't bow to the pressure to apologize to anybody. You said nothing wrong.”
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Hit the next page to see the video of Minister Louis Farrakhan addressing Kanye West's comments regarding Jews.