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DeSean Jackson

DeSean Jackson, a wide receiver for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, which are owned by Jewish-American Jeffrey Lurie, is one of the latest American sports figures to parade his antisemitism on social media.

On July 6th, he posted on his Instagram story a quote falsely attributed to Adolf Hitler that claims Jews “will blackmail America. [They] will extort America, their plan for world domination won’t work if the Negroes know who they were.” 

To make his bigotry clear, Jackson shared another hateful Instagram post later that day. This time he redacted only some of the offensive text while highlighting a portion about a “plan for world domination.”

DeSean Jackson’s Jew-hatred is nothing new. He previously proclaimed his admiration for the Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan. 

Farrakhan, a known antisemite, has increased tensions between the African American and Jewish communities over the past several decades.

Following outrage by social media users, the traditional press, and the Philadelphia Eagles’ leadership, Jackson apologized for his behavior on July 7. He claimed no ill will toward the Jewish people and promised to do better. 

On July 9, Jackson seemingly took his apology one step further by accepting an invitation from New England Patriot’s player Julian Edelman, who is Jewish, to tour the U.S. Holocaust Museum. 

On July 10th, after being fined by the Eagles for an undisclosed amount, Jackson spoke with a 94 year old Holocaust survivor via Zoom and further accepted an invitation to visit Auschwitz in the future. 

Fast forward to Wednesday July 15th. Veteran rapper 50 Cent condemned now disgraced TV host Nick Cannon for Cannon’s own antisemitic, conspiracy ridden rant from his 2019 podcast. ViacomCBS dropped Cannon after his antisemitic comments were exposed. 

But how did DeSean Jackson respond? He blasted 50 Cent on Instagram for calling out Nick Cannon’s antisemitism, saying: “DAMN 50 LIK WHAT YOU ON?”. 

We must ask ourselves: if DeSean Jackson is TRULY sorry for his atrocious, antisemitic behavior, why would he post, and then within minutes delete, his attack of 50 Cent for condemning antisemitism?