PHILADELPHIA — Popular Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson found himself in hot “wutter” last week after posting a quote attributed to Adolf Hitler on his Instagram story. The quote read:
“[Jews] will blackmail America. [They] will extort America, their plan for world domination won’t work if the Negroes know who they were.” The excerpt went on to say that, “Negroes are the real Children of Israel.”
While it’s unclear if Jackson thought that this message would be inspiring to his fans and the Black community, what is clear is he definitely thought that Hitler said it. Appropriately, people across the United States were outraged. Mitch Albom wrote a powerful piece in the Detroit Free Press, condemning Jackson’s post and the punishment from the Eagles that followed (an undisclosed fine). Julian Edelman, New England Patriots Super Bowl winning wide receiver and noted Jewish person, reacted to Jackson’s post with the following:
“I’ve got nothing but respect for [DeSean’s] game,” Edelman said. “I know he said some ugly things, but I do see an opportunity to have a conversation. I’m proud of my Jewish heritage and for me it’s not just about religion. It’s about community and culture as well.”
As the issue of race in America continues to be a hot-button issue for the last 400 years, it’s evident that many people still have a lot of work to do. But Jackson is intent on doing his part. In a post he issued across social media earlier today, Jackson said:
“I’m truly sorry to those who I offended with my insensitive post last week, especially to the members of the Jewish community. In the words of Benito Mussolini, ‘mea culpa.’ As you can see, I’ve been doing a lot of reading on the subject, and working to improve myself before speaking out and encouraging others to join me. As Joseph Stalin once said, ‘Education is a weapon, whose effect on who holds it in his hands and whom it is aimed,’ and I pledge to use my weapon for good. I’m starting from the ground up, so that my foundation moving forward is stronger than ever. After all, in the words of Kim Jong Un, ‘Construction is an important front for solidifying the foundations of a thriving country and creating bases for the people’s happy life.’ Go Birds.”
We reached out to Riley Cooper for his thoughts on the matter. He broke out in hives and chased us off of his property with a broom.