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DeSean Jackson, the black Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver who last weekend proudly shared a quote to social media that he’d thought was from Adolf Hitler, has been invited by a Holocaust survivor to learn some real history versus the garbage that’s been fed to him.
“I would like to invite you to join me at the sites of these German Nazi death camps, to understand what evil truly is, and why sharing quotes of the man behind this evil, is so offensive to us all,” Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg, 94, wrote this week to Jackson in a publicly shared letter.
View the letter below:
— Jonny Daniels (@MrJonnyDaniels) July 7, 2020
Mosberg, a Holocaust survivor who’d been incarcerated in “multiple German Nazi death camps” and who’d lost nearly his entire family to the German Nazis during the Holocaust, was inspired to intervene after Jackson shared an alleged quote from Hitler to his Instagram page.
Seen a screenshot of the original post below (*Language warning):
“Your post on Instagram quoting Adolf Hitler, the man behind one of the most evil regimes this world has ever known and the man responsible for the deaths of over 6 million Jews, including my dear parents and sisters, as well as 2 million ethnic Poles and millions of other nationalities and minorities, is heartbreaking and so deeply wrong,” Mosberg’s letter continued.
“The Allied Forces, including American troops, carrying with them American flags, fought valiantly and suffered unspeakable losses to stop this evil, the same man you quote!”
He concluded the letter with his invitation from a group called From the Depths, of which he is an honorary chairman.
“From the Depths aims to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and to give a name to those who were brutally murdered in the dark days of the Holocaust and to continue the message to the next generations of those who survived,” the group’s web page reads.
“From the Depths works with Holocaust survivors from around the world and with Jewish communities particularly in Eastern Europe.”
As of early Thursday, Jackson had reportedly not yet responded to Mosberg’s invitation.
However, according to David Adelman, the chairman of the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation, Jackson had at least agreed to tour the Horwitz-Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza in downtown Philly.
Just had aFaceTime call w @deseanjackson10 & @michaelgrubin DeSean apologized for his hurtful comments. As Chair of the @phillyholocaust memorial, I offered to host him for an education session & tour of the plaza & he accepted. Confident we can turn this into a positive together https://t.co/y04xobo7Oc
— David Adelman (@david_adelman) July 8, 2020
Jackson has also issued a formal apology to the Jewish community, though it wouldn’t hurt him to issue a personal apology to Mosberg as well.
“I want to apologize to the Jewish community … for the insensitive and ill-informed posts that I shared on my social media. My intention was to uplight, unite and encourage our culture with positivity and light. Unfortunately, that did not happen,” Jackson’s apology, also shared to Instagram, reads.
It’s not clear what in the world is “uplifting” about an alleged Hitler quote of the Fuhrer accusing Jews of wanting to extort America and achieve world domination.
“I unintentionally hurt the Jewish community in the process and for that I am sorry! Now, more than ever, we must work together to end discrimination of all types and against all people and communities. This apology is more than just words — it is a promise to do better. I will fully educate myself and work with local and national organizations to be more informed and make a difference in our community,” the letter continued.
In that case, he probably should reach out to Mosberg — the sooner, the better.
Learn more about Mosberg’s story below:
— Jonny Daniels (@MrJonnyDaniels) July 9, 2020
As for Jackson, he’s also faced criticism for sharing Instagram posts in support of antisemitic hate-monger Louis Farrakhan.
Meanwhile, fellow black athlete Stephen Jackson (no relation), a former NFL star, has come out in defense of Jackson’s original post.
“So I just read a statement that the Philadelphia Eagles posted regarding DeSean Jackson’s comments. He was trying to educate himself, educate people, and he’s speaking the truth. Right? He’s speaking the truth. You know he don’t hate nobody, but he’s speaking the truth of the facts that he knows and trying to educate others,” Stephen Jackson reportedly said in a video posted to Instagram.
He’s since doubled down on his seemingly pro-Hitler rhetoric:
Stephen Jackson is on IG Live right now doubling down on his comments about Desean Jackson: “In other words, you’re upset with me because I didn’t say what you wanted me to say.”
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) July 8, 2020
Person he’s on w: “The point is, you did not just say to me that Jews are not trying to divide the black community.”
Jackson: “You know that for a fact? … You know who the Rothschilds are? They own all the banks.”
Jackson then said, “I haven’t said one thing that’s untrue yet”
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) July 8, 2020
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