Eagles' DeSean Jackson Meets with 94-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured Columnist

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 is taking steps to learn more about the history of anti-Semitism in the wake of anti-Semitic posts he made earlier this week on social media.   

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Jackson previously met with a group opposed to anti-Semitism and with a 94-year-old Holocaust survivor Friday. 

"Today I had an opportunity to speak with 94-year-old holocaust survivor Mr. Edward Mosberg," Jackson wrote on Instagram. "Thank you Mr. Mosberg for your valuable time and insight today. I'm taking this time to continue with educating myself and bridging the gap between different cultures, communities & religions. LOVE 2 ALL!!!!! TO BE CONTINUED."

Jackson also accepted an invitation to visit the Auschwitz concentration camp, per Aaron Reich of the Jerusalem Post.

"Dialogue is the key to making this crazy world we live in a better place, with everything so divided is so powerful to bring us all together," From The Depths founder Jonny Daniels, who initiated the Zoom call between Jackson and Mosberg, said in a statement."We are working with DeSean and his team to set dates for this trip to go ahead and are happy that DeSean agreed."

On July 6, in a post that has since been deleted on his Instagram stories, Jackson referenced a quote falsely attributed to Adolf Hitler that Jewish people will "blackmail" and "extort America" as part of a plan to take over the world. 

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Jackson also shared quotes on social media from Nation of Islam leader and known anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, whom the Southern Poverty Law Center considers an extremist

The Eagles wideout has since offered an apology in an Instagram video.

The Eagles released a statement condemning the posts Tuesday, and the NFL said the posts "stand in stark contrast to the NFL's values of respect, equality and inclusion."

New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman and Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz, who are both Jewish, expressed their disappointment with Jackson's original social media posts. 

Schwartz tweeted he hopes "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."

Edelman wrote on Twitter he "spoke for awhile" with Jackson on Thursday night, and they intend to "use our experiences to educate one another and grow together."

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