JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — While the University of Georgia should be celebrating its victory over rival Florida on the football field, so are the school and the fans react to anti-Semitic hate messages on and around the stadium.
A projection was shown in front of TIAA Bank Field after the 100th meeting of Florida and Georgia in Jacksonville. Social media posts showed the message was displayed on the stadium and on another building in the city.
The two schools released a joint statement Sunday morning condemning the speech.
“The University of Florida and the University of Georgia collectively condemn this and all acts of antisemitism and other forms of hatred and intolerance,” the schools wrote in a Joint Statement. “We are proud to be home to strong and prosperous Jewish communities at UGA and UF, and we stand united against hate.”
The news came in response to rapper Kanye West’s comments on social media over the past few weeks, including a Twitter post that he would soon be “Death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE.” That statement was an apparent reference to the U.S. state of defense scale known as DEFCON, the Associated Press reported. His posts led to his suspension from both Twitter and Instagram.
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry took to Twitter on Sunday to condemn the actions, in which he said the city was “made better” because of its diversity.
“Those who spread messages of hate, racism and anti-Semitism will not be able to change the heart of this city or its people. I condemn these cowards and their cowardly messages,” he said.
The American Jewish Committee contacted 11Alive and condemned the actions.
“Anti-Semitism like this is terrible and dangerous for Jews everywhere,” they wrote.
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