Kanye West’s likeness has been used for antisemitic flyers that have been making their way across the state of Rhode Island.
According to AllHipHop, law enforcement officials are investigating the distribution of antisemitic propaganda featuring Kanye’s face and name throughout North Providence and Warwick, Rhode Island, pledging to get to the bottom of the matter.
“We are taking this seriously,” North Providence Police Chief Al Ruggerio said. “[The flyers] are making the folks of this town and city a little uncomfortable, and we’re going to do our best to come to a solution on this.”
“DEFCON3 KANYE” with the Star of David crossed out was among the language found on antisemitic flyers distributed in the Providence, RI area,” a tweet from StopAntisemitism read.
“Others blamed the slave trade on the Jewish people. Once again we see antisemitic hate on social media translate into real world hate,” the tweet continued.
“DEFCON3 KANYE” with the Star of David crossed out was among the language found on antisemitic flyers distributed in the Providence, RI area.
Others blamed the slave trade on the Jewish people.
Once again we see antisemitic hate on social media translate into real world hate. pic.twitter.com/8c1rTwKeIc
— StopAntisemitism (@StopAntisemites) November 18, 2022
Last month, in a since-deleted tweet, Kanye West declared he was “going death con 3 on Jewish people.” Because of his controversial statements, several entities including adidas where he launched his popular Yeezy brand, have cut ties with him.
“adidas does not tolerate antisemitism and any other sort of hate speech,” the company wrote in a statement. “Ye’s recent comments and actions have been unacceptable, hateful and dangerous, and they violate the company’s values of diversity and inclusion, mutual respect and fairness.”
In the midst of the firestorm that his comments have caused, Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam defended Kanye and Kyrie Irving who was suspended by the Brooklyn Nets for posting a clip from a film that features antisemitic tropes.
“Another brother who is called a rapper but he’s so much more than that, brother Ye,” Farrakhan said in his message. “And the controversy that is swirling around these two men that is causing unfortunate division among a people that can least afford to be broken more apart because of misunderstanding.”
The minister continued: “Unfortunately parts of ignorance that we don’t see the enemy who is working 100 percent to bring bloodshed about among us because of the serious nature of what is happening.
“Some of you that are persecuting him are the very ones that took away from him and from us, the knowledge of self. You took our language, you took our culture, you took our history, you took our minds and inserted your mind into our minds through your systems.
“I will stand on the truth that I was taught and stand with God… As long as I stand with God, I will be the winner and so will Ye and so will Kyrie and so will any of us who want truth in our lives.”