LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Tesla CEO and tech industry influencer Elon Musk has sparked a social media storm after agreeing to a controversial post on his X platform (formerly Twitter).
Article that raises eyebrows
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The post in question, shared by user @breakingbaht on November 15, claimed that “Jewish communities have pushed the exact type of dialectical hatred against white people that they claim they want people to stop using against them.”
The post also addresses the conspiracy theory that “hordes of minorities” are flooding Western countries, a narrative with disturbing anti-Semitic overtones.
“I’m not at all interested in the idea that Western Jewish populations are coming to the worrying realization that these hordes of minorities who support the flooding of their country don’t really like them. You want the truth to be told to you said to your face. , that’s it,” the user added.
Musk’s response to this message was unequivocal. He said: “You spoke the truth. » However, this endorsement quickly attracted attention and raised concerns about the spread of controversial narratives on the platform.
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Elon Musk pushes unvarnished anti-Semitism at a time of rising anti-Semitism and violence against Jews pic.twitter.com/N5bSQxWsr9
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 15, 2023
Who is @breakingbaht?
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The original poster, @breakingbaht, who identifies himself as “the artist formerly known as Eric” on X, provides a bio that includes roles such as father, husband, cybersecurity, server engineer, neuroscience, and enthusiast of psychology.
Information about the user is limited since their X profile is “protected” at the time of publication.
The anti-Semitic conspiracy theory discussed in the article aligns with the narratives of online hate groups and echoes sentiments expressed by Robert Bowers, the convicted perpetrator of the 2018 Tree of Life synagogue attack, l he deadliest attack on Jews in American history.
In response to the backlash, Musk attempted to clarify his position in subsequent posts. He mentioned that he does not believe that hatred toward white people extends “to all Jewish communities.”
However, he later criticized the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), accusing it of unfairly targeting the Western majority. Musk said: “That’s because they cannot, on their own principles, criticize the minority groups that pose their main threat. »
The ADL unfairly attacks the majority of the West, even though the majority of the West supports the Jewish people and Israel.
Indeed, they cannot, according to their own principles, criticize the minority groups which constitute their main threat.
This is not right and it needs to stop.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 15, 2023
The context behind Musk’s claims remains unclear. Anti-Semitic incidents hit a record high in the United States in 2022, according to the ADL. Although the organization attributed the increase to a variety of factors and not a single group, it nonetheless pointed to a doubling of anti-Semitic activities coordinated by white supremacist groups last year, as found in a March audit.
However, Musk has suggested that the ADL promotes racism against white people. “I am deeply offended by the messages of the ADL and any other group that advocates de facto anti-white racism, anti-Asian racism or racism of any kind,” he said, adding: “ I’ve had it up to here. Stop now.”
And, at the risk of repeating myself, I am deeply offended by the messages of the ADL and any other group that advocates de facto anti-white racism, anti-Asian racism, or racism of any kind.
I’ve had it up to here. Stop now.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 15, 2023
Reactions on social networks
Reactions on social media were mixed, with some users attacking Musk for his comments and accusing him of anti-Semitism.
“Wow. This is definitely anti-Semitism,” one posted on X.
“What are you talking about Elon? What he says about Jewish communities is false. The ‘real truth’? What is wrong with you,” wrote another.
“You have no shame?” a comment read.
“This is even more disappointing of you,” added another.
Wow. This is downright anti-Semitism.
— Rachel (@rachelpowers) November 15, 2023
What are you talking about Elon? What he says about Jewish communities is false.
The “real truth”? What’s wrong.
— Jeff Feldman (@JeffFeldman_) November 15, 2023
Have you no shame?
– Republicans Against Trump (@RpsAgainstTrump) November 15, 2023
It’s beyond disappointing on your part, once again.
— Fusilli Spock (@awstar11) November 15, 2023
Conversely, some have applauded Musk for his honesty.
“Thank you for speaking out against anti-white racism and anti-Asian racism by name, @elonmusk: no one deserves hatred from organizations like the ADL or others who imply even more that they don’t say it directly, that these two groups of people are responsible for the ills of society,” responded an X user.
“Okay! Racism against white people needs to stop now. Enough is enough,” reacted another.
“I couldn’t agree with you more. I’m a white immigrant and I think for some reason I should feel guilty about what happened 200 years ago on this earth and when I criticize someone for their opinions and positions, I must be a racist or bigot. At this point this anti-white agenda is very tiring,” someone else said.
“This is why Elon is being targeted. Racists are going to be racist and they will do anything to maintain their power,” added another.
Please speak out against anti-white racism and anti-Asian racism through your name, @elonmusk:
No one deserves hatred from organizations like the ADL or others who imply, more than they directly say, that these two groups of people are responsible for society’s ills.
— ib (@Indian_Bronson) November 16, 2023
Agreed! Anti-white racism must stop now. Enough is enough. 👏👏👏
— Adam Lowisz (@AdamLowisz) November 15, 2023
I couldn’t agree with you more. I’m a white immigrant and I think for some reason I should feel guilty about what happened 200 years ago on this earth and when I criticize someone for their opinions and positions I must be racist or bigoted. At this point, this anti-white agenda is…
– I meme therefore I am 🇺🇸 (@ImMeme0) November 16, 2023
This is why Elon is being targeted. Racists will be racist and they will do anything to maintain their power.
— Steven Mackey (@stevenmackeyman) November 15, 2023
The ADL, which has been critical of X since Musk took control more than a year ago, has reported an increase in hate speech on the platform, findings that Musk has criticized or denied. In September, Musk even threatened to sue the ADL for defamation, claiming the organization’s reports had hurt ad sales on X.
ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt says Musk’s statements against the group amplified an anti-Semitic hate campaign. Despite the tensions, the ADL announced in early October that it would resume its advertising campaign on X, aimed at transmitting its message against hatred to users of the platform, CNN reported.
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