Holocaust Museum LA targeted after inviting Kanye West to private tour

The Holocaust Museum LA said it was the target of anti-Semitic attacks after Kanye West declined the museum’s invitation for a private tour.

The museum extended West’s, now Ye’s, invitation via an Instagram Story post Oct. 11 after the rapper recently made inflammatory comments about the Jewish community.

“Words matter and have consequences, yes,” reads the post, which BET.com screenshotted. “We urge you to join us at the Holocaust Museum LA to understand how words can incite horrific violence and genocide. The Holocaust began with just words, which unfortunately created stereotypes, racial and religious tropes, and blaming others, and resulted in the murder of six million Jews.”

West publicly declined the offer on Oct. 15 during an episode of the rap podcast Drink Champs, saying Planned Parenthoods are “ours [Black people’s] Holocaust Museum.”

Since the Holocaust Museum LA’s public invitation on social media, the institution said in a series of tweets on Oct. 13 that it had “received a tremendous amount of social media messages and comments…some filled with hatred, threats and malice.”

Following West’s tirade of hateful speeches, several companies and entities have severed ties with the rapper, including talent agency CAA, fashion powerhouse Balenciaga and now German sportswear company Adidas.

But the rapper’s derogatory remarks have also encouraged others to spread anti-Semitic language. In recent weeks, residents across Los Angeles have found fliers in their homes and posted on their cars spreading racist stereotypes and conspiracy theories about Jews.

This weekend, a prominent hate group demonstrated their support for West’s hurtful rhetoric by demonstrating on a 405 freeway overpass. The group saluted the Nazis as they stood next to a banner that read, “Kanye is right about the Jews.”

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti later condemned the group’s act in a tweet: “There is no place for discrimination or prejudice in Los Angeles. And we will never shy away from the fight to uncover and eliminate it.”

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-10-25/kanye-west-holocaust-museum-los-angeles-private-tour-antisemitic-hate Holocaust Museum LA targeted after inviting Kanye West to private tour

Sarah Ridley

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