The Jewish on Campus Ambassador Program formally condemns the recent antisemitic statements made by Kanye West and Kyrie Irving. As antisemitism becomes mainstream and increasingly normalized, it is essential for college students to stand in solidarity with the Jewish community.
Many have understated the impact of Kanye and Kyrie’s antisemitism. However, the Ambassador Program recognizes that words have consequences. Kanye West had over 31 million followers on Twitter when he threatened to go “death con 3” on Jewish people in October. The global Jewish population is approximately 15 million people, meaning Kanye had more Twitter followers than there are Jewish people in the world when he posted these antisemitic conspiracy theories. There have already been multiple demonstrations, instances of vandalism, and public displays claiming “Kanye was right about the Jews” in the aftermath of Kanye’s antisemitic statements.
At a time when some individuals are attempting to divide the Black and Jewish communities against one another, it is imperative that we stand together and commit to combating all forms of hatred and bigotry. The Ambassador Program condemns Kanye’s anti-Black statements and actions, in addition to his antisemitic comments.
We encourage college students to use their voices to condemn antisemitism and stand firmly against all types of hatred and bigotry. Just as words can be used as a powerful tool to spread hate, words can also be valuable in fostering unity and combating discrimination. Whether through campaigns, events, conversations with friends, student government initiatives, social media posts, or other methods, students have the power to take a stand against antisemitism.