In recent discussions, there have been topics such as the reports of the rise of hate crimes against people that identify as Jewish, and the interview by Alex Jones of Ye (formerly known as Kanye West). Ye is being ridiculed by just about everyone, especially after recent remarks against Jewish corporate leaders and media executives. But what really stuck out was his statement “I Love Hitler.” Apparently, new CEO of Twitter, Elon Musk thought it went too far, and banned Ye’s account on the social media platform.
I thought we would be talking about something else in 2022, but just like it is written in Ecclesiastes 1:9 – “That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun.” So, the topic is not new, and as a matter of fact, has been experienced throughout history. The most notable tragic event identified as The Holocaust occurring during the reign of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. An event many GenZers no nothing about.
In many countries throughout history, there were people identifying as Jewish that have been mistreated, abused or tortured even unto death. Pharaoh ordered the expulsion of the Hebrew people during the times of Moses. The Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans all concurred the land known as Israel. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella ordered the expulsion or execution of Jews and Moors during their Spanish reign. So what is surprising about this in America? Well, this land boasts of inclusion and diversity, even after centuries of xenophobia and gynecide of the native peoples. The melting pot is bound for an eventual meltdown of differing ideals. Not everyone thinks the term Anti-Semitism refers to the ancient persecutions, but rather is a construct of recent history. During my research, I discovered this passage:
“During the ﬁfteenth century, no small number of conversos had risen into important positions as ﬁnanciers, tax farmers, and ecclesiastical dignitaries, thereby contesting the existing elite’s monopoly on power. One clear expression of the widespread resentment are the limpieza de sangre statutes of the sixteenth century, purity-of-blood decrees by which cathedral chapters, monasteries, and state institutions tried to protect themselves against the unregulated admission of so-called New Christians. After the middle of the sixteenth century, they were used throughout the country. The limpieza de sangre contained proof of untainted (which meant non-Jewish) descent. It was indeed ‘‘ominous’’ that Philip II, in 1556, authorized his royal privilege for such a statute by the cathedral chapter in Toledo with the comment that ‘‘all heresies in Germany, France, and Spain have been sown by the offspring of Jews.’’ Do the roots of modern, racial anti-Semitism reach back into the Spain of Philip II? Should we be speaking here of anti-Semitism rather than hostility toward the Jews or anti-Judaism? Scholars of Jewish history are divided on how to answer these questions. To be sure, to an expert like Hermann Greive, ‘‘the question of this use of different words does not hold the kind of importance that it is sometimes accorded.’’ As I see it, the overwhelming consensus of historical scholarship still holds that the term ‘‘anti-Semitism’’ should be used only for the situation of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries” (von Greyerz 135).
von, Greyerz, Kasper, and Kasper von Greyerz. Religion and Culture in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800, Oxford University Press USA – OSO, 2007. ProQuest Ebook Central, http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/buffalo/detail.action?docID=415714.
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So, why does it seem like there are so many people against Jews? Ye might be having a mental breakdown or suffering from some mental illness, but does that mean he is the only one that thinks this way? Some people, even in their right mind, who do share in his thoughts might be afraid to say anything for fear of losing their opportunities or financial backing for their films, music projects, or other business entities. Maybe he was just crazy enough to finally say what is resonating in some people’s minds.
I don’t agree that Ye should’ve elevated Adolf Hitler to genius status, unless he used the adjective “evil” in describing him. Did he do some of the things Ye described, like invented the microphone and highway system? Possibly. But, remember, Hitler may have been a Jewish descendant, although many historians are not certain. At any rate, Ye stated on the Alex Jones Show, “I love Hitler, I love Jews” explaining his love for everyone. It’s true that the Gospels quote Jesus as saying to “Love Your Enemies (Matthew 5:44, Luke 6:27)” but Hitler is no longer on earth. He no longer can be loved, and is more than likely in hell for his atrocities.
If you are not up to speed, this is worth the watch: