DeSean Jackson Says He Doesn't Hate Jews After Promoting Hitler, Farrakhan on IG

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 7, 2020

Philadelphia Eagles' DeSean Jackson ahead of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
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Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has addressed the controversy that surrounds his posting of anti-Semitic quotes attributed to Adolf Hitler.

"Anyone who feels I have hate towards the Jewish community took my post the wrong way," Jackson wrote in an Instagram Story on Monday (via ESPN). "I have no hatred in my heart toward no one!! Equality. Equality."

Warning: Anti-Semitic quotes follow.

The three-time Pro Bowler had screenshotted a passage that said "Jews will blackmail America" to hide the supposed truth that "the Negroes are the real Children of Israel."

"The will extort America, their plan for world domination won't work if Negroes know who they were," the portion read.

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What do I get the impression DeSean Jackson didn’t think this one all the way through https://t.co/eJUjANNXXy

Kyle Neubeck of PhillyVoice wrote that the quote from Hitler was "dubious at best, traced backward to e-books published by authors of little repute," which does little to fundamentally change the situation.

The Eagles released a statement Tuesday on Jackson's posts, calling them "offensive, harmful and absolutely appalling."

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Jackson subsequently issued an apology on Instagram:

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DeSean Jackson’s response on Instagram https://t.co/GPCgeSUnSV https://t.co/NJLEjCGjfu

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“I never want to put any race down or any people down. … I apologize. I didn’t intend any harm or any hatred towards any people.” DeSean Jackson shares video apologizing after he posted an anti-Semitic message on Instagram https://t.co/b5R2uSdQzk

Jackson also praised Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, in a pair of Instagram posts. Of Farrakhan, he wrote, "This man powerful."

The Southern Poverty Law Center writes that Farrakhan "routinely accuses Jews of manipulating the U.S. government and controlling the levers of world power" and has made numerous anti-Semitic comments, including calling his Jewish critics "termites."