Kanye West’s honorary college degree has been taken away for being anti-Black and antisemitic

Rachel Lang

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Kanye West’s honorary college degree has been taken away for being anti-Black and antisemitic

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Kanye West has had his honorary degree revoked by The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The school has condemned the 45-year-old's anti-Black and antisemitic comments and believe he is not worthy anymore of the the accolade.

Ye has already lost billions of dollars, multiple business deals, his social media accounts, and now an honorary doctorate gifted to him in 2015.

The university released a statement confirming they have revoked Ye's award in the wake of recent comments where he revealed he is a Nazi sympathiser, regurgitated incorrect conspiracy theories about George Floyd, and styled a range of 'White Lives Matter' shirts to deride the Black Lives Matter movement.

Kanye West. Credit: PA Images / Alamy.
Kanye West. Credit: PA Images / Alamy.

A university spokesperson said: "The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) condemns and repudiates Kanye West’s (now know as Ye) anti-Black, antisemitic, racist, and dangerous statements, particularly those directed at Black and Jewish communities.

"Ye’s actions do not align with SAIC’s mission and values, and we’ve rescinded his honorary degree."

continues to add even more scandal to the already massive pile of controversy dogging him in recent months,

As per a letter cited by TMZ, SAIC President Elissa Tenny branded his recent actions 'disgusting and condemnable'

"As a community, we know that there are varying opinions on what our School’s response should be - even as we all agree that his behaviour is indefensible," she wrote.

She added Ye's recent antics do not reflect the university's ethos, and therefore has been stripped of the honour.

The disgraced rapper was awarded an honorary doctorate back in 2015 for his accomplishments and contributions to art and culture.

Credit: Change.org
Credit: Change.org

The university’s move comes after more than 4,000 people singeda petition to call on Tenny to pull West’s doctorate.

The Change.org petition roasted Ye for his recent actions which they say has legitimized ‘hatred and violence’.

“This harm impacts Jews, whose lives are put at direct risk by the mainstreaming of anti-semitic views,” a group called Against Hate at SAIC wrote.

“This harm impacts all oppressed peoples, who stand to suffer when intimidation and deadly violence against people on the basis of their identity are made justifiable.”

The petition kicked off shortly after Ye said that Jewish people just need to forgive and forget the Holocaust and Adolf Hitler in an interview with Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes.

The interview was West doubling down on his Infowars interview with Alex Jones, in which he told the world that he likes Adolf Hitler.

Topics: Celebrity, Kanye West, US News, Entertainment

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