Earlier this month the Jewish Anti-Defamation League released a statement asking Kanye West to apologize for comments he made during an interview with The Breakfast Club.
During the discussion, Kanye said, “Black people don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people.” ADL’s National Director Abraham H. Foxman called the comments “classic anti-semitism” and said they reinforced the stereotype that Jews are “all-powerful and control the levers of power in government.”
While some in the Jewish community were offended by Kanye’s quote, Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam has defended the rapper and his comments. According to Farrakhan, Kanye should not apologize because nothing that he said was untrue.
“Did he lie? No, he told the truth,” says Farrakhan in a video address.
He goes on to add:
You know what Mr. Foxman? 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. Kanye West don’t bow to the pressure to apologize to anybody. You said nothing wrong.