Billionaire Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Inc. and owner of the social media platform X, recently sparked controversy by endorsing a post deemed antisemitic. The post in question accused members of the Jewish community of fostering "dialectical hatred" towards white people.
Musk's endorsement came in the form of a reply, stating, "You have said the actual truth." Musk, who is recognized as the world's wealthiest individual with an estimated net worth of $225 billion, has faced criticism in the past for promoting content perceived as attacking Jewish people.
This comes amidst a backdrop of increasing antisemitism globally. Last year, the American Jewish Committee, a leading advocacy organization, urged Musk to issue an apology following his deletion of a contentious tweet. This tweet drew a satirical parallel between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Adolf Hitler, sparking widespread backlash.
Musk Blames ADL
Earlier in the year, Musk pointed fingers at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for a decline in U.S. advertising revenue on X, previously known as Twitter. Musk attributed a 60% drop in ad sales to the ADL's efforts to pressure advertisers.
This statement came after the ADL reported a surge in harassment and extremist content on the platform following Musk's takeover. Musk, who has publicly professed his support for free speech, has also stated his opposition to antisemitism "of any kind." In a recent response on X, Musk addressed a user's comment about unfair generalizations regarding Jewish communities promoting hatred towards white people.
He acknowledged that such attitudes are not representative of all Jewish communities but also noted that the issue extends beyond the ADL. Musk expressed his deep offense at the ADL's messaging and condemned "de facto anti-white racism or anti-Asian racism or racism of any kind." This controversy comes at a time when antisemitism in the U.S.
is reported to be at alarming levels. Christopher Wray, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, noted in a Senate hearing last month, as reported by CNN, that the nation is witnessing historically high levels of antisemitism.