By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz, who is Jewish, has responded on social media following DeSean Jackson’s offensive and harmful social media posts. The Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver posted a quote from Adolf Hitler on his Instagram story on Monday night.
In additional posts, Jackson showed admiration towards Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who is Anti-Semite. Farrakhan has made disparaging remarks against the Jewish community, who he claims have been oppressing black people and caused slavery.
“As a Jewish American in the NFL, I stand with my brothers of all races and creeds against any form of discrimination and hate,” Schwartz tweeted out to the social media universe. “One of the things that makes our game so great is the diverse background of the guys in the locker room, not just from a racial standpoint but a religious one as well. Although in my personal experience my teammates have always been supportive and interested in my faith, Anti-Semitism is on the rise in this country. Tragedy after tragedy, the number of hate crimes against Jews has reached record levels in the past few years.
“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 its forms. Our platforms as athletes are a powerful tool, and with them comes immense responsibility. We can all do better.”
Jackson had to apologize twice because the Eagles did not feel like his first apology was good enough. In an Instagram video, Jackson claimed that people send in stuff all the time — regardless of who might have sent it to him, it was uncalled for.
Joe Banner — a former NFL President, who was part of the group that drafted Jackson with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008 — said on Twitter that if a white player said this, he would be fired immediately.
“If a white player said anything about AA’s as outrageous as what Desean Jackson said about Jews (Monday) tonight, there would at least be a serious conversation about cutting him and a need for a team meeting to discuss,” Banner posted on Twitter. “Which would be totally appropriate. Absolutely indefensible. It turns out that a lot of people who claim to be against hate are actually only against hate directed at them, and not against all hate. Huge disappointment.
“DeSean said Jews were trying to take over the world, Stephen Jackson said he spoke the truth & added that the Rothschilds controlled the banks. Now they say they have hate for no one & could’ve chosen better words. So disappointing for people who have seen what hateful lies can do.”
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