Donda Academy's future bleak after staffers quit over Kanye West's antisemitic rant
SIMI VALLEY, CALIFORNIA: Hours after being informed that Kanye West’s Donda Academy is going to be dysfunctional for the current session of 2022-2023, the administration took back their decision. The news came amid reports that staffers have resigned in protest amid the founder’s racial slur. It was further confirmed by West’s friend and collaborator Malik Yusef that a few teachers of the Jewish faith had left the educational institution.
“Staff members of the Jewish faith were lost,” Malik Yusef admitted to the New York Post. “I know we had a couple people of the Jewish faith who worked there [who] basically recused or resigned in light of public pressure from, I am sure, friends and family. "You got to go with your team when your family is saying it’s not possible to stay there," he added.
Yusef had earlier claimed he is an “administrator, administering information to young, growing minds” at the Donda Academy. “What Kanye said was ridiculous,” he stated. As per a TMZ report, highly-regarded education consultant Tamar Andrews was among staffers who quit the Academy. He also works at two major Jewish schools in the country, however, the educator is yet to confirm the news. Yusef reflecting on West's anti-Semitic comments on social media said, “Critical thinking is what Donda is about, and I don’t think Kanye applied critical thinking.”
It is alleged that on Wednesday, November 2, academy head Jason Angell emailed parents saying, “At the discretion of our Founder, Donda Academy will close for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year effective immediately.” But they made a u-turn on the decision hours later and send an alert telling the school is back in session from Thursday, November, 3.
Amid the whole turmoil, Yusef believes that the school will be a success, “I believe [Donda] comes back better and stronger. It is the legacy of [West’s] mother. Dr. West would take a step back. She would not want the school to be shut down.”
West's mother, Dr Donda West was chair of Chicago State University’s Department of English, Communications, Media, and Theater, before her passing in 2007.
Donda Academy suffered a major setback when Scholastic Play-By-Play cut the institution from their December calendar in the wake of the 'Runaway' singer's rant. Founder of the Classics, Jeremy Treatman said, "In light of recent antisemitic statements by Kanye West, we will no longer be hosting Donda Academy at this year’s Play-By-Play Classics events. Kanye’s words and actions violate our values as a company and a country.”
Reaction on this development came from Donald Dillingham, who said, “I think it’s a bad situation for my son,” Donald told The Post after the Donda closing announcement. “He’s already committed to University of Kentucky. No matter what, though, he needs to finish high school.”