The person is an antisemite. That isn't a controversial statement. Not one prejudiced comment swept under the rug by a press release talking about how wrong he was and how much learning he can do to better himself and not say similar heinous things was swept under the rug by a press release talking about how wrong he was and how much learning he can do to Over the last few weeks, West has shown his hatred in a number of public statements. Adidas ended its partnership with the rapper after he made outrageous comments, a deal that will cost the German sportswear brand around $250 million this year.
During his visit to the Oval Office with Donald Trump, he brought with him a number of bizarre theories. Both comments were dropped from several brand deals. Adidas had to make the right decision to stop production of the Yeezys because of the threat of a boycott. It will stop a further plummet of its bottom line if they shift their focus from West to East.
Cheering for Adidas for doing the minimum shouldn't be seen as brave. West commented on the rise of antisemitism in America. The Anti-Defamation League found a 34 percent increase in the number of antisemitism events in the year 2020. An average of more than seven such incidents a day. The brand that is so ingrained in American sports should have lost every brand deal with the teams it has.
It is dumb to think that there is only one way to view Jewish people and that he won't have people with him. Jaylen Brown told The Boston Globe he is not leaving Donda Sports. One of the two high-profile athletes to be represented by Donda is Brown.
Both players have parted ways with Donda.
West needs help and Brown doesn't condone hate speech. It should be a two way street. West got love back. That's understandable. In a situation like this, there is a lot of silence. There is a lack of activism from the sports world. Jews owning sports teams but not being athletic enough to play professional sports is a joke. There are several American sports owners that are Jewish, like the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat. There have been many Jewish athletes who have had success recently. There might not be a more high-profile athlete to project his Jewish faith than Edelman, who spoke out after the Pittsburgh mass shooting at a synagogue and posted a statement Tuesday about mental health.
My job is not to speculate as to what brought Ye to his antisemitism conclusions or what else is going on in his life. What happens now is the biggest part of West's religion bashing. If Brown and Donald hadn't disassociated themselves from Donda yesterday, there wouldn't have been protests at the Celtics and Rams games. What about any show of support from all Los Angeles-area teams, after a group hung a banner over the freeway that read: "Kanye is right about the Jews", with another asking passing cars to honk their horns if they agree.
There is a patch on jerseys and t-shirts that support the Jewish community. Colin Kaepernick is using his platform to shine a light on racial injustice, but sports have been around for a long time. Individual athletes, teams, and leagues organized after Trump said "Get that son of a bitch off the field," about players kneeling during the anthem, and in protest of George Floyd's murder, is an example of how those with powerful platforms should come together to fight antisemitism. It doesn't diminish your own accomplishments if you acknowledge other people's achievements. Affirmatively acknowledging others' oppression doesn't mean anything.
When the World Series kicks off on Friday, how powerful will it be to see a third baseman who is Jewish wearing a yarmulke? The country is watching as Bregman leads a ceremony against antisemitism. The statement shouldn't mention West, but a name drop of Jewish baseball legends would be great. It would be great to see that gesture as a sign of respect for the Jews. Now is the time for people to speak up and make a difference because of Ye's comments.