Louis Farrakhan is offering Kanye West support in the wake of the Windy City MC's controversial comments on Jewish people. During an interview with Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club last month, West said in part that Black people "don't have the same level of connections as Jewish people," prompting a response from Anti-Defamation League director Adrian Foxman.
"There it goes again, the age-old canard that Jews are all-powerful and control the levers of power in government," Foxman said in a press release. "As a celebrity with a wide following, Kanye West should know better."
West's remarks also included "oil people," none of whom have publicly damned the 36-year-old's views.
Foxman however encouraged 'Ye to "apologize to those he has offended," yet Farrakhan disagrees. The Nation of Islam leader defended West in a video address posted online by The Final Call Saturday (Dec. 15), where he rhetorically asked, "Did he lie?" followed by, "No, he told the truth."
After dissecting Foxman's words, the Bronx-born Muslim minister questioned why the ACL leader chose to go at West. "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," the 80-year-old said before sending a message directly to Yeezy. "Kanye West, don't bow to the pressure to apologize to anybody. You said nothing wrong!”
For anyone wondering what grounds he has to speak on the matter, Farrakhan explained that he is "directly from the Christ and the Messiah," and therefore anointed for the position. "What I tell you has more weight than anything that these enemies might want to say," he continued. "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."
West has yet to respond to either statements.
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