School of the Art Institute of Chicago Controversial American rapper and record producer Kanye West has had his honorary degree revoked. In response to the rap star’s months-long campaign of hate speech, the university has reportedly decided to revoke the honorary doctorate it awarded him in 2015.
In a statement, SAIC administrators said, “The Art Institute of Chicago school is committed to the anti-black, anti-Semitic, racist and dangerous remarks of Kanye West (also known as Ye), especially black and Jewish.” We condemn and deny anything that targets the community of
“Ye’s actions are inconsistent with SAIC’s mission and values and have revoked his honorary degree.”
Over the past two weeks, SAIC has come under pressure from students who have launched a change.org petition demanding the cancellation of West’s degree.
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To date, more than 4,100 people have signed the petition. In 2015, Kanye West was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Art Institute of Chicago, as per the petition summary.
The honor gives the school’s stamp of approval and prestige to a person who has been professedly anti-Semitic in recent months.
Regardless of his achievements prior to receiving this medal, as he is now known, continuing to use the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to justify prejudice and violence is a bad thing.
The Yeezy boss’s anti-Semitic tweets and other social media posts have been controversial since early October.
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In an interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones last week, West defended Adolf Hitler and said he saw “positive things” in the former Nazi Germany leader.
Elon Musk tweeted on the same day that Ye’s account was banned for inciting violence, which is against Twitter’s rules.
As an added insult, Ye sold “White Lives Matter” T-shirts and George Floyd was accused of using fentanyl rather than the nine-minute force used by former police officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted of murder. said he died.
The 45-year-old billionaire has been fired from a number of companies, including Adidas and Gap, following mounting criticism of his divisive comments.
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