Biblical scholar Derrick Yisrael discusses Ye, Kyrie and the question of anti-Semitism

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by Minister of Information JR Valrey, Oakland Bureau

Over the last few weeks, there has been a huge controversy over what rapper and fashion mogul Ye said on a Drink Champs Podcast interview calling out the white Jewish people who own, control and manage the Black voice in sports, music, television, motion pictures, art and the media in general. Days later Brooklyn Nets basketball star Kyrie Irving was suspended for five games for tweeting the cover of a movie entitled “From Hebrews to Negroes,” forced to apologize numerous times to the white Jewish community leaders and the white Jewish community in general before being able to return to the NBA. 

There is a social and cultural war brewing between the Black community that is waking up to its Judaic and Semitic history and the white Jewish community that supports penalizing, exiling, firing and canceling notable Black people who dare to speak off script and criticize their actions. With comedian Dave Chappelle recently appearing on Saturday Night Live and doing a 15 minute set strictly on the topic of Ye and Kyrie and Min. Farrakhan dedicating a Sunday sermon to the issue, the history of Black community and Jewish relations will continue to be a major discussion topic in the U.S. media that is not going anywhere soon. 

I talked with Oakland’s Pastor Derrick Yisrael, a biblical scholar, about his opinions on Ye, Kyrie and the way that the media and corporate Amerikkka is berating them almost nightly. Check out this timely interview in his own words. 

JR Valrey: Why is the NBA, media and corporate America in such an uproar against basketball star Kyrie Irving tweeting about a documentary that is called “From Hebrews to Negroes”? What is the controversy about?

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Derrick Yisrael: The controversy concerns are that there’s antisemitic content in the documentary. The documentary is said to contain content that questions validity of the current Jewish community while presenting evidence that’s disclosing, with historical facts, that the African Americans are the true Jews (Judah).

The interesting part about the tweeting of this documentary that supposedly has undeniable proof that so-called African Americans are the true Semitic people is that it should be investigated to determine the validity of its content before determining who’s the true Semitic people, and before one can conclude who’s actually antisemitic.

The documentary cites its sources from Jewish authors who are also stating that the African Americans are the true Semitic people and that the current people occupying Jerusalem are new converts that are posing as the true Semitic people.

JR Valrey: What is the real agenda of the NBA, media and corporate America in crucifying Kyrie?

Derrick Yisrael: It appears that they have an ulterior motive for going after Kyrie Irving only because Shaquille O’Neal, a TNT commentator who is so-called African American, ran the documentary in his movie theater in New Jersey. Nothing was said or done to him.

So, whatever the reason they chose to go after Kyrie Irving – some speculate it stems from his refusal to take the Covid vaccine that later was proven to be the right decision because it doesn’t prevent Covid nor stop the spread of Covid.

JR Valrey: Why is it important for their agenda for Black sportscasters like Charles Barkley, Shaq, Stephen A. Smith and Shannon Sharpe as well as players and former players like Lebron James, Kevin Durant and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to condemn Kyrie publicly?

Derrick Yisrael: It’s a well known and often-used tactic to utilize the people from the targeted community to deliver messages that discredit or dispute the position of their community members’ actions or positions when they differ from the agenda of those that pay their salaries. This tactic can help mask the aggressor’s aggressions towards anyone that goes against their agendas, and it helps divert accusations against the true haters of certain information going public.

JR Valrey: How do you feel about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who stood with Ali against the government trying to draft him into Vietnam, now standing against Kyrie in this current situation, as well as against Kyrie when he refused to take the Covid shot?

Derrick Yisrael: It’s sad to see a strong pillar in our community who once stood against the powers that be and stood with his brother against the bully tactics of the system to now stand for the system in denial of freedom of speech, freedom of religion concerning a documentary that’s worth discussing to see if there is any validity to its claims, especially when some of the documentary’s claims come from the Jewish community itself.

JR Valrey: Why do you believe some powerful forces in society do not want Black people to know the connection that Judaism has to Black people and Africa?

Derrick Yisrael: Because that would dispel white supremacy and could prove that the African Americans are the true descendants of the biblical patriarchs and are the true Jews of the bible. This level of truth could prove to be problematic for those who claim to be Semitic.

JR Valrey: What is your opinion on Ye going a little bit deeper into who owns what in media, entertainment and music in America than Kyrie? Why was it important?

Derrick Yisrael: Ye directly deals with the Jewish community, so he disclosed his personal knowledge and dealings with that community. He also disclosed the hypocrisy in dominant white society condemning people for gangster rap music and violent behavior in movies that have all white financing and promotion, while at the same time rewarding the participants that work for them. 

Kyrie, on the other hand, was sharing a tweet that was helping him find some more truth concerning himself and his people. It wasn’t personally against the Jewish community. He meant no harm to anyone. He did it to share some new found truths for himself and his people.

JR Valrey: How is the Black community around you responding to these coordinated attacks on the character, occupation and bank accounts of these two Black men?

Derrick Yisrael: It’s a mixed response, based on those who just want to make money vs. those that are in pursuit of their identity. Some people believe Ye and Kyrie should be quiet and get the money based on those people not knowing the importance of learning about self; learning who they really are and not being satisfied with making money while being a nationless, nameless, languageless people identified by a color in a crayon box, and also named after a continent that has 54 countries in it.

JR Valrey: Do you think that the agenda backfired by popularizing the doc?

Derrick Yisrael: In some ways, yes; but it also could further another agenda that they plan to execute based on the spread of this information. However, the main agenda of the Most High is being served. It’s time for the Most High to expose more truth about His children in these times in which we live.

JR Valrey: With a potential public relations disaster like the NFL’s Colin Kaepernick situation possibly unfolding, what moves do Nike, in Kyrie’s case, and Adidas, in Ye’s case, have to do to try to lessen the potential blowback?

Derrick Yisrael: They have to do damage control. Obviously, a power bigger than their bottom line has shown its powerful hand at their expense, and they must learn to live with that reality. We can no longer afford to support those that don’t support us. They use us to make money but then turn on us as a way of control. Those days are over, minus a few sellout puppets.

JR Valrey: One of Ye’s points was that he felt like the corporate owned, Jewish controlled record companies and radio stations should bear the brunt of the responsibility of promoting fratricidal violence, drug use, irresponsible sexual behavior and more in the Black community through signing and promoting artists that have extremely degenerative messages. What are your thoughts on that?

Derrick Yisrael: I agree with Ye on this point because it’s extremely hypocritical to call a community of people antisemitic for saying anything against your community, all while exploiting their community daily and making money from it, and they’re not being accused of being antisemitic. It would make one wonder, who’s really antisemitic?

JR Valrey: When are your services and how do people keep in touch with you online?

Derrick Yisrael: YouTube @DerrickYisrael and Facebook @DerrickYisrael.

JR Valrey, journalist, author, filmmaker and founder of Black New World Media, heads the SF Bay View’s Oakland Bureau and is founder of his latest project, the Ministry of Information Podcast. He can be reached at and on Instagram.