â€œ[Jews] have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever opposes [their] agenda.â€
Kanye West, 2022
â€œThe Jews have a grip on America.â€
Professor Griff, Public Enemy, 1989.
The narrator of the opening chapter of William Faulknerâ€™s The Sound and the Fury is Benjy Compson, a 33-year-old man with an intellectual disability who is very much the embarrassment of his disintegrating family. Compsonâ€™s diminished mental capacity, and the â€˜stream of consciousnessâ€™ manner in which his thoughts and perceptions are presented to the reader, make for an extremely challenging read. The result is that relatively few who embark upon the novel outside of a university setting will persevere and finish it. Those who do finish the novel, and better yet those who re-read it, are however rewarded with the understanding that behind the verbal â€˜noiseâ€™ of Benjyâ€™s apparent nonsense is an astute and unbiased insight into the motivations and behaviors of many of the novelâ€™s other characters. In other words, despite his limitations, Benjy has some important things to say.
Yeâ€™s Sound and Fury
Faulknerâ€™s difficult novel came to mind during this monthâ€™s moral panic, and subsequent attempted financial annihilation, over comments made by Kanye West, now known simply as Ye, on the Jews. Westâ€™s comments certainly have a Benjy-esque quality to them, jumping from one observation to another without elaboration or logical progression. Itâ€™s probably best recounting them, more or less in the order of utterance:
- Blacks are the 12 lost tribes of Israel,