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The latest news, has it that Kanye West has been stripped of his honorary degree from the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago following his shocking antisemitic rants and admitting he “likes” Adolf Hitler on Twitter.
Kanye West, who grew up in Chicago, was awarded the doctorate by the school in 2015.
According to the report, West attended the American Academy of Art and Chicago State University before dropping out at the age of 20 to pursue his music career.
The spokesperson for the school reiterated,
“The School of the Art Institute of Chicago condemns and repudiates Kanye West’s (now known as Ye) anti-Black, antisemitic, racist, and dangerous statements, particularly those directed at Black and Jewish communities. Ye’s actions do not align with SAIC’s mission and values, and we’ve rescinded his honorary degree,” SAIC told the news media in a statement on Thursday.
The move came days after an online petition went live calling for the school to condemn the rapper and remove the degree.
The change.org petition stated that the degree “bestows the legitimacy and lustre of the School” and as of Thursday morning had more than 4,000 signatures.
“Regardless of his contributions prior to receipt of this award, it is harmful to allow Ye, as he is presently known, to continue to use the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to help legitimize hatred and violence,” it stated.
Reports also indicate that there is another petition pending online to remove West’s music from streaming services.