Antisemitic Messages Spread Over Jacksonville on a Football Weekend

Kanye West’s blatant antisemitism sprouted in Florida over the weekend as the rapper now known as Ye kept up with his message of hate.

The message “Kanye is right about the Jews” appeared in several spots in Jacksonville, prompting concern from Jewish community leaders who noted it’s been but four years since Robert Gregory Bowers allegedly killed 11 people and wounded six other at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, the deadliest attack on Jews in US history.

“It’s just so sad and frustrating to the entire Jewish community. Here we are four years later and no one learned any lessons,” Mariam Feist, CEO of the Jewish Federation and Foundation of Northeast Florida, told WJXT.

The “Kanye is right” message — which was projected onto the back of a scoreboard at TIAA Bank Field at the end of Saturday’s Florida-Georgia football game and onto another downtown building — refer to Ye’s recent threats to go “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE” and other messages that amplify old tropes that claim Jews run financial, media, and entertainment businesses to the detriment of everyone else, as CrimeOnline has reported. The messages got the rapper’s social media accounts restricted and his contract with Adidas terminated, but those slaps on the wrist haven’t stopped him.

On Friday, Ye told paparazzi that a Jewish doctor “misdiagnosed” him as bipolar and  “would have had me on medication,” the Jewish independent publication Forward said.

“If I was on medication right now, then one pill could’ve been swapped out and it would be Michael Jackson and Prince all over again,” Ye said. “Because I didn’t take the medication, I am able to speak to you guys clear of thought and transparently.”

Then the rapper pulled out his phone to show the photographers his spreadsheet of Jewish media executives.

But “Kanye is right” was not the only message on display in Jacksonville this weekend, according to the Florida Times-Union. Before the football game, apparent white supremacists dropped banners over Interstate 10 saying “END JEWISH SUPREMACY IN AMERICA” and “HONK IF YOU KNOW ITS THE JEWS.” Another “Kanye is right about the Jews” banner appeared over the Arlington Expressway.

North Florida officials, including US Rep. John Rutherford, the former Jacksonville sheriff, and Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, along with both the University of Florida and the University of Georgia and the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL team condemned the bigoted displays.

Feist told WJXT that her foundation contacted the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the FBI, who told them there wasn’t much they could do because of the right to free speech.

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