MSNBC host Touré is accused of anti-Semitism after suggesting Friday that Holocaust survivors were able to succeed in America because they’re white.
A Twitter user by the name @hope_and_chains tweeted at Touré on Friday, saying, “My family survived a concentration camp, came to the US w/ nothing, LEGALLY, and made it work.”
“The power of whiteness,” Touré retorted, gaining more than 240 retweets.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish organization dedicated to combating anti-Semitism, condemned the statement.
“It’s obviously absurd and smacks of intense and disgusting anti-Semitism. It’s reverse racism basically,” the center’s Efraim Zuroff told the Blaze.
“There is no question that part of the anti-Semitism that we see has its roots in the form of jealousy. This is a perfect example: ‘Jews made it because they’re white and Jews,’” he said.
Touré apologized for the remark Tuesday afternoon, four days after his original tweet.
“Late last week, I foolishly got involved in a twitter exchange regarding an article about reparations,” he tweeted. “It was a dumb idea by me to debate serious and nuanced topics in 140 characters or less.
“In an attempt to comment on racism in post World War II America, I used a shorthand that was insensitive and wrong,” he said. “I am very sorry and will make sure this doesn’t happen again.”