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Eagles Wide Receiver Says He Has No ‘Hate Towards the Jewish Community’ After Sharing Disputed Hitler Quote

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July 7, 2020
PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 03: DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles catches a pass prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field on November 3, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

DeSean Jackson, a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles, said in an Instagram story that he doesn’t hold any hate toward the Jewish community after sharing a disputed quote from Adolf Hitler.

The Stop Anti-Semitism.org watchdog tweeted out a screenshot from Jackson’s July 5 Instagram story where Jackson highlighted a Hitler quote from a book titled, “The Hidden Treasure That Lies in Plain Sight 4: The Day of the Lord and the End of America.”

“The white Jews knows that the Negroes are the real Children of Israel and to keep Americans secret, the Jews will blackmail America,” the highlighted section reads. “[They] will extort America, their plan for world domination won’t work if the Negroes know who they were.”

Jackson addressed the matter in a July 6 Instagram story, stating, “Anyone who feels I have hate towards the Jewish community took my post the wrong way. I have no hatred in my heart towards no one!!” He then re-shared the “extort America” passage of the disputed Hitler quote.

USA Today reported that according to Snopes.com, the Hitler quote Jackson cited is fake, as it stemmed from “a disreputable website, and which appears to loosely string together an entire ecosystem of impossibly farfetched and completely unsourced conspiracy theories.”

Jackson also praised Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Farrakhan on Instagram as “powerful” in a since-deleted Instagram post.

Jewish groups condemned Jackson’s posts.

“Deeply troubling to see @DeSeanJackson10 promoting the message of notorious anti-Semite and NOI leader Louis Farrakhan,” Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Philadelphia tweeted. “We have reached out to the @Eagles about this and call on Jackson to immediately apologize.”

 

The American Jewish Committee similarly tweeted, “We are horrified to witness outrageous anti-Semitic conspiracy theories shared on @DeSeanJackson10’s Instagram account. Where is the response from @Eagles and @NFL?”

Liora Rez, director of Stop Anti-Semitism.org, said in a statement to the Journal, “DeSean Jackson just normalized and gave the green light of Jew hatred to his 1.4 million followers on Instagram, many of them young and impressionable. We are horrified he would share such a thing and demand action by his employer, the Philadelphia Eagles!”

The Philadelphia Eagles condemned Jackson’s posts in a July 7 statement. “The messages he shared were offensive, harmful and absolutely appalling,” the statement read. “They have no place in our society, and are not condoned or supported in any way by the organization.”

The football team added that it is “continuing to evaluate the circumstances and will take appropriate action.”

Jackson posted an apology on July 7 stating, “I didn’t really didn’t realize what this passage was saying. Hitler has cause terrible pain to the Jewish people like the pain African Americans have suffered. We should be together fighting anti-Semitism and racism. This was a mistake to post this and I truly apologize for posting it.”

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