Kanye West’s reasons for why Barack Obama is struggling in office have ignited plenty of controversy. The rapper took part in a radio interview in which he claimed that African-Americans are less connected professionally than Jewish people, and therefore have fewer opportunities. Many people have criticized West for his comments and some have even accused him of racism.
In the interview, West called out Obama critics who felt the President hadn’t done enough during his two terms in office. “People want to say Obama can’t make those moves or he’s not executing. That’s cause he ain’t got those connections. Black people don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people,” he said. “You know we don’t know nobody that got a nice house … with paper that we can go to when we’re down. Can you guarantee your daughter could get a job at this radio station? If you own this radio station, you could guarantee that.”
In response, the Anti-Defamation League has slammed West for his comments about Jewish people and demanded an apology. “This is classic anti-Semitism,” said ADL national director Abraham Foxman in a statement. “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.”
West also ranted about the lack of successful African-Americans and said that it had become culturally acceptable. “When I tell you [there are] only seven black billionaires, look at that marginalization,” he said. “And we feel like we’re happy because Rick Ross or I got a Maybach, or they put [in] a black President.”