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Kanye didn't happen in a vacuum

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Rally goers attend the No Fear protest in Washington, D.C., Sunday, July 11, 2021. (Photo: John Kunza/Unpacked)
Rally goers attend the No Fear protest in Washington, D.C., Sunday, July 11, 2021. (Photo: John Kunza/Unpacked)
Kanye didn’t happen in a vacuum
The following news analysis is by John Kunza.
The front page of Jewish Reddit Monday morning summed it up perfectly: “I don’t like all this talk about Jews. It’s making me pretty uncomfortable.”
The sentiment isn’t wrong. Unlike past antisemitic incidents, it seems Kanye’s recent comments forced antisemitism into the spotlight everywhere. This time feels different.
Yes, the comments dominated cable news coverage for days and filled social media with the usual suspects weighing in, but something else happened.
This time around, you really couldn’t tune it out. Kanye’s comments and the fallout that occurred touched nearly every part of American society.
From the celebrity news outlets following the story, to the business world weighing in, and even in the sports world.
Even the homepage of ESPN reported on an antisemitic incident at the Florida-Georgia college football game over the weekend.
This moment feels different for many of us. If you didn’t think America has a growing antisemitism problem, you do now. So, how did we get here and where are we going?
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