Kanye West compared the blowback of his constant stream of hate speech to the murders of George Floyd and Emmitt Till, while doubling down on anti-Semitic tropes.
The 45-year-old rapper, who now goes by the name Ye, told the Los Angeles paparazzi on Friday that his recent loss of a sneaker contract was comparable to the death of Floyd, who was asphyxiated when the former police officer of Minneapolis, Derek Chauvin, placed a knee on his neck for nearly 10 minutes.
West previously said Floyd was not murdered and died of an overdose. While Floyd had fentanyl in his system, Chauvin was convicted of murder, and footage of the atrocity sparked nationwide civil rights protests and riots in 2020.
“So when I said that and me and me and I questioned the death of George Floyd, it hurt my people; it hurt black people,” West said.
“So I want to apologize for hurting them because right now God has shown me by what Adidas is doing and by what the media is doing, I know what it’s like to have one knee on my neck now.”
The ‘All Falls Down’ artist and fashion designer has lost deals with Adidas, Gap and Balenciaga after a series of anti-Semitic comments, including a vow to go ‘death con 3’ on Jews.
The former presidential candidate, who once said slavery was ‘a choice’ and is said to have a long history of admiration for Nazi leader Adolph Hitler, lost an estimated $1.5 billion in the Adidas canceled deal, dropping his net worth to around $400 million.
“Thank you God for humbling me and letting me know how I really felt because how could the richest black man ever be humiliated other than being made to not be a billionaire in front of everything the world from a single comment,” he said.
West went on to defend his “def con 3” comment and liken his financial situation to murdering the man he previously slandered.
Shortly after, West lashed out at Roxie Washington – the mother of Floyd’s daughter – after filing a $250 million defamation lawsuit against the rapper for misinterpreting the 46-year-old’s brutal death. year.
“You are greedy,” he wrote on Instagram, before deleting the post, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Meanwhile, the rapper invoked another gruesome murder of a black man as he posted a photo of lynching victim Emmitt Till on Instagram on Sunday attached to a rant against Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel, who had written a editorial urging companies to cut ties with West.
Till was murdered by racist vigilantes in Mississippi in 1955 after the 14-year-old boy visiting from Chicago allegedly flirted with a white woman.
In the rant, West appeared to use “businessmen” as a euphemism for Jews, putting the words in quotation marks and using them casually.
West blamed Emanuel and other “businessmen” for moving students from his closed Donda Academy, as well as “Economic Lynching” and “Bankrupt my Social Credit Score.”
He ended the missive with an appeal to Emanuel’s brother, former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in which he sarcastically called him “masa”, using a phonetic spelling of the term used by American slaves for s contact their owners.
“Hurt meeeeeee but please masa don’t hurt da chirren masa,” the statement concluded.