Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson is receiving what many consider a slap on the wrist after sharing a highlighted anti-Semitic quote attributed to Adolf Hitler, yes the Nazi dictator, on Instagram.
Earlier this week, Jackson posted the highlighted section of a book on his Instagram story which reads, “Hitler said, ‘because the white Jews knows the Negroes are the real Children of Israel and to keep Americas secret the Jews will blackmail America. The will extort America, their plan for world domination won’t work if the Negroes know who they were. The white citizens of America will be terrified to know that this time they’ve been mistreating and discriminating and lynching the Children of Israel [sic].'”
The shared section continues with a rant about the Illuminati, a conspiratorial organization some believes secretly rule the world.
Not only does this quote openly play on damaging anti-semitic tropes that Jews secretly run the government and are ‘extorting’ America, but it’s also pushing a claim made by the Black Hebrew Israelites, a religious group famously known for racist street taunts in NYC and provoking the Covington Catholic High Schoolers, that white and European Jews are not authentic Jews. That they’re involved in some devious plot to replace the “real Jews” who are of African decent. Also, we can’t downplay Jackson’s willingness to knowingly quote Hitler, a man most known for systematically murdering 6 million Jews and tearing through Europe in WWII.
Jackson commented on his Instagram story shortly after the post, saying “anyone who feels I have any hate towards the Jewish community took my post the wrong way I have no hatred in my heart towards no one! [sic]”
For the record, Hitler’s name was actually listed and was in view on the page Jackson posted.
Jackson had also been promoting raging anti-Semite and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. According to the ADL, Farrakhan’s rants against Jews span decades. In recent years he’s said in public speeches, “when they talk about Farrakhan, call me a hater, you know how they do – call me an anti-Semite. Stop it, I’m anti-termite!” and “The powerful Jews are my enemy.”
Jackson called Farrakhan “powerful” in one tweet, and shared a video featuring Farrakhan criticizing Bill and Melinda Gates for pushing COVID-19 vaccine development. Jackson commented on the video by saying “disgusting ass people! You get the vaccination first.. Dumb broad!”
Following the backlash the Philadelphia Eagles released a statement calling Jackson’s comments “offensive, harmful, and absolutely appalling.” The team “reiterated to DeSean the importance of not only apologizing, but also using his platform to take action to promote unity, equality, and respect.”
They are “continuing to evaluate the circumstances,” but so far have only fined the player for his comments. He will continue to play on the team.
In an apology on Instagram, Jackson said,“I want to extend an apology. What I posted, I didn’t mean it. I am very apologetic. It was never intended to put down any race or religion.”
Jackson also stated to have spoken with a 94 year old holocaust survivor to discuss the obvious problems with what he posted. Jackson said he will continue to educate himself on the subject.
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