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Rapper Ice Cube tweets mural critics have called anti-Semitic

Rapper and film actor Ice Cube. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

By MARCY OSTER
NEW YORK CITY (JTA) — Rapper Ice Cube tweeted an image of a mural that was removed from a wall in London in 2012 after complaints that the image was anti-Semitic.

In the tweet, the image, which depicts several men sitting around a Monopoly board resting on the backs of naked black and brown men, is captioned: “All we have to do is stand up and their little game is over.”

The tweet, which came amid a torrent of expressions of support from the rapper for the Black Lives Matter movement in recent days, has been liked nearly 50,000 times and retweeted more than 19,000 times since it was posted on Saturday, June 6.

The image by Los Angeles artist Mear One was painted on a building in London’s East End in 2012. It was removed after complaints, but future-Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn at the time tweeted his support for artist’s right to display it. He later backtracked.

British journalist Michael Segalov, who wrote about the issue in 2018, tweeted at Ice Cube to say the image was anti-Semitic.

Ice Cube later tweeted that he was “very concerned about the table in this image,” but did not remove it. The caricature of a group of white-skinned older men, some with large hooked noses, sitting around a Monopoly-like game board with a fully-bearded man counting dollar bills. The board is on top of bowed, naked backs of a group of mostly black men. Captioned above the image is “All we have to do is stand up and their little game is over.”

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2 Comments

  1. Kenneth McCandless June 11, 2020 Reply

    I guess he is allowed to. Crazy
    He is very rich.

  2. bad mama June 15, 2020 Reply

    Let them stand. Nothing is holding the blacks back but themselves.
    His contract with Warner Music is expiring so he can move on.

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