Antisemites in Los Angeles, California, stated their support for recent tirades against Jews made by Kanye West, by hanging banners over a freeway in the city and declaring that “Kanye is right about the Jews.”
It appeared that the racist Goyim Defense League was behind the move, with members photographed performing Nazi salutes beside the banner.
West has recently repeated antisemitic outbursts across social media and in news interviews, including vowing to go “death con 3 on Jewish people,” claiming that he is the target of a “Jewish underground media mafia,” and that “Jewish people have owned the Black voice.” He was locked out of several social media accounts as a result of his comments.
Goyim Defense League has tried to capitalize on West’s comments by targeting the Black community with antisemitic propaganda, according to a report by Anti-Defamation League.
The group has launched a campaign “seeking to convince Black people that Jews are a universal enemy,” the anti-hate group said.
On Telegram, Goyim Defense League members have proposed targeting Jews by blaming them for certain atrocities or divisive issues, like slavery and abortion, ADL said.
Hate in America:
Yesterday, the head of an antisemitic and white supremacist group (and his supporters) dropped banners over the 405 in Los Angeles. One banner read, "Kanye is right about the Jews.” pic.twitter.com/FQBFIm0WLX
— Oren Segal (@orensegal) October 23, 2022
After the sign appeared over the freeway, antisemitic flyers were distributed in a nearby neighborhood.
The flyers said, “Every single aspect of mass immigration is Jewish,” linking Jews to the white supremacist Great Replacement conspiracy theory, which says Jews and others are attempting to replace white Americans with other groups. White supremacist mass shooters have repeatedly cited the false conspiracy as a reason to kill minorities, including Jews.
The flyers listed Jewish groups and prominent figures including George Soros, a common target of antisemitic conspiracies, and had information for the Goyim Defense League. The group has repeatedly distributed similar flyers in neighborhoods around the US.
Other antisemitic and racist groups have embraced West’s remarks to further their hate-filled agendas as well.
“To prove Kanye wrong about the Jews running everything and being out to get him…this is what they do. Big Shekel is definitely making their presence known,” read a message on a Proud Boys-associated Telegram channel, according to ADL.
Following his ban on Twitter and Instagram due to his antisemitic posts, the parent company of Parler, a social network used by the ultra-right, said that West had shown interest in buying the social platform.
West’s remarks seem to have encouraged some white supremacists to take to social media for the first time in months to support his antisemitic comments.
ADL cited a comment made by white supremacist Vincent James on Parler on October 18, his first post in several months. “Share if this [sic] you think Ye is right,” he wrote, using West’s current name.
“If Ye’s in I’M in!” Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes wrote on Parler in response to reports of West’s interest in the app.
In an interview with British journalist Piers Morgan that aired last week, West defended his antisemitic remarks, but said he was sorry that they caused pain to some.
“I’m sorry for the people that I hurt with the confusion that I caused. I feel like I caused hurt and confusion and I’m sorry for the families of the people that have nothing to do with the trauma that I had been through,” he said.