Infamous racist Louis Farrakhan has come to the defense of Kanye West after the dim-witted rapper made a remark that was widely construed as embracing anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
West should feel no need to apologize Farrakhan said in a video statement. “Kanye West, don’t bow to the pressure to bow to apologize to anybody. You said nothing wrong.”
The perpetually controversial rapper set off a media firestorm last month when he said in an interview with a New York radio station that “black people don't have the same level of connections as Jewish people” or “oil people” and that this was the reason that President Barack Obama has become unpopular:
“Man, let me tell you something about George Bush and oil money and Obama and no money. People want to say Obama can't make these moves or he's not executing. That's because he ain't got those connections.”
In his remarks, which were first brought to national attention by NewsBusters, West also implied that Bush was more popular during the latter part of his term in office than Obama presently is. That’s simply untrue. Bush’s final approval rating was 34 percent whereas Obama has never been below 37 percent according to RealClearPolitics. Additionally, according to official government campaign finance disclosures, Obama raised more money in his two presidential campaigns than Bush ever did. Thus for West or anyone to speak of Obama having “no money” is just plain incorrect.
According to Farrakhan, however, West should feel no shame or embarrassment for his ignorant and prejudiced comments.
“Did he lie?” the Nation of Islam leader asked in the video which was posted on his Final Call newspaper website. “No, he told the truth.” According to Farrakhan, his word on the matter should be believed because he was speaking “directly from Christ and the Messiah.”
Farrakhan also addressed criticism West received from Abraham Foxman, the head of the Anti-Defamation League.
“You wouldn’t put that small-time stuff over on me that you put on scared-to-death Negroes that if they mention ‘Jew’ and you call them ‘anti-Semitic’ they start bowing to you and your pressure,” he said.