New York radio station Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg has stepped forward to speak out on the hype going on with Minister Louis Farrakhan recently advising Kanye West not to apologize for making perceived anti-Semitic comments.
Rosenberg, a Jewish on-air personality, said while he can respect the minister’s comments, Kanye may be better off not looking for guidance from him.
“I agree with Minister Farrakhan, who said he believes Kanye should not have to apologize. We agree. We agree on that. I don’t think he has to apologize. I don’t think he worded it perfectly but I don’t think he needs to apologize. We know his intent wasn’t bad. We know Kanye’s not anti-Semitic,” Rosenberg said. “I’m sure [he has] real love for many Jews. It doesn’t even worry me at all – however, if you say something anti-Semitic, is the first choice of a person to defend you, to prove that you’re not anti-Semitic, would you want that person to be Louis Farrakhan? That would be like if a cop were arrested for police brutality and George Zimmerman decided to release a video to be like, ‘Nah fam! He’s good! He’s good!’ Minster Farrakhan, I have love for you in spite many Jews might think that’s odd, I see the positives things you’ve done as well, however, you might want to let Kanye be out on his own in this case.” (“Hot 97 Morning Show”)
A few days ago, Farrakhan said, Kanye should not be at fault for claiming the Jewish community controlled a large portion of the entertainment industry.
“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.’ Quote.” Farrakhan said in a video. “Did he lie? No. He told the truth and the ADL, Mr. Foxman, issued a press release on the second day of December 2013. And this executive director said, ‘If the comments are true as reported, this is classic anti-Semitism. There is goes again, the age old canard that Jews are all-powerful.’ No, you’re not all-powerful but you certainly are powerful and you control the levers of government. You don’t want to admit it but as a celebrity, you’re telling Kanye West he should know better, he ‘does’ know better and that’s why he said what he said. Then you said to him, ‘We hope that he woudl take responsibility for his words, understand why they are son offensive and apologize to those he was offended.'” (“The Final Call”)
The minister also pleaded for Mr. West to not bow down by delivering an apology.
“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 Negros 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! Who are you, Farrakhan, to tell him that he said nothing wrong?’ I am directly from the Christ and the Messiah, so what I tell ‘ya has more weight than anything that these enemies might want to say. 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.” (“The Final Call”)
According to reports, the Anti-Defamation League demanded a public apology from Kanye earlier this month.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) denounced as “classic anti-Semitism” remarks by the rapper Kanye West, who in a radio interview last week attempted to explain President Obama’s inability to gain momentum on his policy priorities in Washington, D.C. with the outrageous statement that, “Black people don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people.” “If the comments are true as reported, this is classic anti-Semitism,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “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.” (ADL)
The non-profit organization specifically noted what comments sparked the most insult.
Mr. West reportedly made the statements during an interview on New York City’s Hip Hop and R&B radio station Power 105.1 FM. The comments came to light after the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz printed them on Friday. According to reports, Mr. West remarked during the interview: “Man, let me tell you 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 connection as oil people.” (ADL)
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