Kanye West apologized to the Black community on Friday for falsely claiming that it was fentanyl that killed George Floyd and not a Minneapolis police officer’s knee on his neck for over nine minutes, a gruesome scene viewed worldwide thousands of times.
The Floyd family responded with shock, outrage and a $250 million lawsuit filed by the mother of Floyd’s eight-year-old daughter.
“When I see that video as a Black person, it hurts my feelings,” West said, according to The Daily Mail on Sunday. “And I know that police do attack and America is generally racist. And I understand that when we got to say Black Lives Matter, that the idea of it made us feel good together as a people, right? So when I questioned the death of George Floyd, it hurt my people.”
Kanye West Compares Himself To George Floyd?
“I want to apologize. Because God has showed me by what Adidas is doing, by what the media is doing, I know how it feels to have a knee on my neck now.”
West, who calls himself Ye, has been with Adidas ADDYY since 2013 until they, finally dumped him for claiming a cabal of Jewish businessmen was targeting him.
“So thank you God for humbling me and letting me know how it really felt,” Ye said in a bizarre comparison of his own losses to Floyd’s murder. “Because how could the richest Black man ever be humbled other than to be made to not be a billionaire in front of everyone off of one comment.”
The nearly ten-year partnership with the German sportswear giant helped make the rap superstar and Trump supporter a billionaire and vaulted his Yeezy-branded sneakers to a global audience, noted NPR. Adidas was the most recent in a string of companies that said goodbye to Ye, including fashion company Balenciaga and banker JP Morgan Chase JPM.
Apology Mixed With More Antisemitism
Ye concluded his apology to the Black community by repeating more antisemitic statements. He showed a group of paparazzi a spreadsheet on his phone that he said contained the names of Jewish executives who run the top media outlets, reported the HuffPost, which was also on the list.
“The red are the executives that are Jewish at these companies,” Ye said. “I’ve had experiences where it felt like I was being teamed up on. And I didn’t realize that that term would be considered to be antisemitic.”
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