Clubhouse users are angry after anti-Semitism chat on Yom Kippur

  • A chatroom on Clubhouse exploded into an anti-Semitic tirade on Monday night, several people in the room told Business Insider.
  • Some participants in the invite-only chatroom repeated tropes about Jewish people and argued that Black people could not trust Jewish people because they participate in the economic system of their oppressors, capitalism.
  • The conversation’s timing was especially difficult for members of the Jewish community celebrating Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism.
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A number of people on Clubhouse, the audio-only chat app used by tech founders and investors, took to Twitter to express their anger after a chatroom conversation erupted with anti-Semitic points of view on Monday evening.

Monday was also Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism.

Hundreds of people tuned into a chatroom, which was named “Anti-Semitism and Black Culture,” on Monday night as a cast of tech workers tried to unpack the relationship between Black people and Jewish people in America. The conversation quickly devolved into a tirade against Jewish people, said several users who spoke to Business Insider.

There were people who spouted anti-Semitic tropes, like Jewish people are all bankers who “do business with the enemy,” one person recalled. They debated if Black people could trust Jewish people because Jewish people participate in the economic system of their oppressors — capitalism — according to two Clubhouse users who listened in.

“The essential thesis of a lot of the folks was that Jewish people and Black people face the same amount of historical trauma but because [Jewish people] control the banking system they were able to claim their own reparations,” a tech startup founder told Business Insider, repeating the anti-Semitic trope about Jewish people and money. He asked not to be named because