Despicable. Abhorrent. Evil.
Black antisemitism – no cancellation, no condemnation, no repercussion.
Oppressed becomes oppressor.
British Rapper Tweets ‘Jewish People You Make Me Sick’ After Being Accused of Anti-Semitism
By Aaron Bandler, Jewish Journal, July 24, 2020:
Among the tweets Wiley, born Richard Kylea Cowie Jr., has been under fire for tweeting that there are “2 sets of people who nobody has really wanted to challenge #Jewish & #KKK [Ku Klux Klan] but being in business for 20 years you start to understand why.” He also asked if it’s anti-Semitic “to say Jewish people have power” and asserted that “Israel is not your [Jews’] country.”
Not familiar with @WileyCEO’s music as I’m not a fan of kiddy pop. But I am familiar with the antisemitic ideas he’s spreading right now. I’m also familiar with the defiant tone. He sounds the same as white racists who say “I don’t care – I’m just telling the truth.” pic.twitter.com/eLTgwEBffk
— leekern (@leekern13) July 24, 2020
— StopAntisemitism.org (@StopAntisemites) July 24, 2020
I’m not anti semetic I am anti slippery people there’s a difference
— Wiley (@WileyCEO) July 24, 2020
Wiley doubled down on his tweets after several people on Twitter accused him of anti-Semitism. “I’m not anti-semetic [sic] I’m anti slippery people,” he tweeted. “There’s a difference.”
The rapper also tweeted, “Jewish people you make me sick and I will not budge hold this corn.”
According to the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA), holding corn is “is a slang expression meaning that they should be shot,” although others have said that the “hold corn” phrase is British slang for telling someone to “take the L (loss).”
Twitter user Michael Elgort asked Wiley if he would “pretend that is a mere accident you used this phrase before the words ‘Jewish community,’” Wiley replied: “No I won’t I will call you lot cowards forever tho.”
It’s time for all to stand up against this despicable antisemitism. Thank you to @bigdadarecords for taking action.
— StandWithUsUK (@StandWithUsUK) July 25, 2020
Wiley accused of antisemitism after likening Jews to Ku Klux Klan
By The Guardian, July 25, 2020
Wiley, the chart-topping grime rapper and producer, has made antisemitic comments on Twitter, including a statement that places Jews alongside the Ku Klux Klan.
In a string of tweets on Friday, he said: “Listen to me Jewish community Israel is not your country I’m sorry … The Star of David that’s our ting … Some people have gotten too comfortable on lands that don’t belong to them.” He also wrote “Israel is ours”, apparently referring to the black community, later referring to his comments as “Black History Lesson For Today”. The Guardian has contacted his management for comment.
He also advanced an antisemitic trope, that Jewish people control business interests, in an incendiary comparison with the Ku Klux Klan. “There are 2 sets of people who nobody has really wanted to challenge #Jewish & #KKK but being in business for 20 years you start to undestand [sic] why … Red Necks Are the KKK and Jewish people are the Law…Work that out.” He added: “If you work for a company owned by 2 Jewish men and you challenge the Jewish community in anyway of course you will get fired.”
He later rejected the charge of antisemitism, saying: “Forget anti Semitic racism is racism and ya can’t hide the fact that systemic racism exists and it wasn’t set up by us”.
Danny Stone, chief executive of Antisemitism Policy Trust, said: “The parallel is offensive & the inference is antisemitic. Jews and money. Dress it up however you like.”
Elsewhere in the tweets, Wiley switches focus: “I can see and feel the Arab control presence around Africa and I don’t like it…Looks like a big ol set up…infact I know the set up Europeans and Arabs have got Africa in a headlock”.
He also addressed the coronavirus pandemic, saying: “Fuck the mask and virus it’s all bullshit … it’s a fucking lie.”
His comments were widely criticised, including by journalist Joshua Zitser, who said he perpetuated “age old antisemitic tropes”.