With all that’s happening in the world right now, times for Anti-Semitism can not happen. Misquotes, mis-interpretations, and things of that nature can not happen. That’s exactly what happened with Desean Jackson on Instagram. He posted this quote that was said to be from Nazi founder and leader Adolf Hitler.
As Jackson forgot about the post, thousands of people were seeing it on @0neOf0ne’s Instagram story. Of those included Jewish Patriots WR Julian Edelman, Eagles teammate Chris Long, and Chiefs OL Mitchell Schwartz. Chris Long said “I didn’t see and I haven’t seen nearly enough people saying ‘Yeah man, this was a misstep.’... Certainly anti-semitism is not the main event in this country, but we can walk and chew gum here. I am just not willing to accept anybody saying ‘stick to the task at hand, we can’t address people making anti-semitic comments.’ Newly Super Bowl 54 champion Offensive Lineman Mitchell Schwartz said “My hope is we can use this moment to shed light on and bring awareness to the hate and oppression the Jewish community still faces while standing strong with the Black Lives Matter movement. We can only have change if we denounce racism and bias in all forms.”
One player who took Jackson’s comments close to home is Patriots WR Julian Edelman. The 3-time Super Bowl champion is Jewish, and made two impactful statements. The first on his Jewish heritage. “I am proud of my Jewish heritage, and for me, it is not just about religion. It’s about community and culture as well. Anti-semitism is one of the oldest forms of hatred. It’s rooted in ignorance and fear.” Edelman isn’t just making statements. He’s making action. He offered to take Jackson to the National Holocaust Mueseum in Washington DC. He said this to the media on what has gone on between the two players. “Desean and I spoke for awhile last night. We’re making plans to use our experiences to educate one another and grow together. Stay tuned.”
Another person close to Desean who is also Jewish is his team’s owner. Jeffrey Lurie is a member of the Jewish community and the owner of the 1-time champion team in Philly. Lurie didn’t take direct action publicly with Jackson, but is making noise by helping produce a film called ‘The Meaning of Hitler”. The film will not only highlight Nazi Germany and WWII, but will also bring up white supremacy and Anti-semitism in today’s world. Lurie was already moderately invested in the film, because he is also the owner of Play/Action films, the company making the informative and entertaining piece. As for the Eagles themselves, this is the statement they made on the saga. “We have spoken with Desean Jackson about his social media posts. Regardless of his intentions, the messages he shared were offensive, harmful, and absolutely appalling. They have no place in our society, and we are not condoned or supported in any way by the organization. We are disappointed and we reiterated to DeSean the importance of not only apologizing, but also using his platform to take action to promote unity, equality and respect. We are continuing to evaluate the circumstances and will take appropriate action. We take these matters very seriously and are committed to continuing to have productive and meaningful conversations with Desean, as well as all of our players and staff, in order to educate, learn and grow.” Apologizing. That’s something that Desean has definitely done, and done early. He issued two apologies on the same Instagram page he posted the quote on. But, is it too late? The future will tell what happens with the NFL WR.