Philadelphia Jewish organizations offer to work with DeSean Jackson

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After DeSean Jackson apologized for anti-Semitic social media posts and said he would educate himself, a coalition of Jewish organizations in Philadelphia offered to work with him.

In a joint statement from several organizations, Jackson’s social media posts were condemned, but he as a person was not condemned. Instead, the organizations said they would help Jackson if he’s sincere about turning this into a learning opportunity.

“ADL, AJC, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation and the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition strongly condemned Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson’s antisemitic social media posts promoting notorious antisemite, Louis Farrakhan, and a quote falsely attributed to Adolf Hitler,” the statement said. “Although Mr. Jackson later posted that he ‘has no hate in his heart,’ his amplification of hate-filled messages sent a very different message. We commend the Eagles organization for speaking out forcefully against the posts and urging Mr. Jackson to apologize. We appreciate Mr. Jackson’s apology and his removal of the offensive posts, and we hope that he will take this opportunity to work with the Jewish community and become educated about how dangerous and pernicious antisemitism and all forms of hate are.

“All of the undersigned organizations work in coalitions in our community, foster interfaith and Black-Jewish dialogues, and support all efforts to ensure Philadelphia is safe and welcoming for all. We are willing to work with the Eagles and Mr. Jackson on education and outreach.

“The Eagles have been a unifying force in our City. We hope they will remain so.”

Jackson has apologized and promised to show his apology is more than just words.

17 responses to “Philadelphia Jewish organizations offer to work with DeSean Jackson

  1. This in my opinion is a good outcome. Racism needs to be vilified, any kind of discrimination (even how we feel we have to label every kind of discrimination misses the point of why we have it). But it is so systemic, and some of the things that we do so “normal” that at some point when people get “exposed”, maybe we should focus on the good that *can* come out of it through growth. Better than just hating everyone. Crappy life model if we never even get a chance to redeem.

  2. I get the feeling that a 2019 Week 1 meaningless game against the Redskins is going to be the highlight of Jackson’s 3 year/$27 mill contract.

    That’s $27 mill to play in 1 game. Because it would cost $26 mill to cut Jeffery I am not sure which of the Eagles no show WRs have the worse contract.

    It is just insane how bad the Eagles have been at throwing money at the WR position in recent years.

  3. I would like to hear what DeSean’s, outspoken,past teammate, Malcolm Jenkins has to say regarding this matter. He was very harsh to Drew Brees regarding his kneeling stance. Let’s see if he is as harsh to DeSean.

  4. Writing or typing takes more time to do than just speaking.
    When you are talking, you can inadvertently blurt out something inappropriate.
    You really can’t “blurt out” something when you are writing.
    This doesn’t fall under the heading of it being just a slip of the tongue.

  5. eagleswin says:
    July 8, 2020 at 7:40 am
    I get the feeling that a 2019 Week 1 meaningless game against the Redskins is going to be the highlight of Jackson’s 3 year/$27 mill contract.

    That’s $27 mill to play in 1 game. Because it would cost $26 mill to cut Jeffery I am not sure which of the Eagles no show WRs have the worse contract.

    It is just insane how bad the Eagles have been at throwing money at the WR position in recent years.
    _____________

    They’ve been pretty bad at drafting WR too. We will see if they can buck the trend with Reagor.

  6. So we good?
    We good?
    We not good.
    We either fight racism or we don’t, people.

    In recap, if you are fast and don’t drop the ball too much, please feel free.

  7. Amazing how critical the NFL community was to Drew Brees about his values in the flag comments, but DeSean Jackson gets a pass from his peers for awful comments.

  8. He needs to immediately take them up on their offer and be both sincere and contrite.

  9. Not sure how you can ever “work with” a guy like this. Those comments clearly suggest he’s either 100% racist through and through or so incredibly stupid you wouldn’t ever be able to make him truly understand what he said was wrong. You’re bound to fail with him either way.

  10. Interesting that the “person” was not condemned. Yet because of one “person”, all cops are condemned. I wonder how many other athletes in the NFL feel like Jackson does.

    I bet it’s systemic.

  11. Once DeSean Jackson came out with his statement the NFL should have immediately put him on a administrative suspension.

  12. I’m just glad that the world is seeing what a reprehensible jerk this guy has been from minute one!

    Now the NFL and the Eagles need to punish him severely! You can’t have these kinds of double-standards with bold-faced racism!

  13. A stark difference to notice is this. The damaged party here reaches out and offers forgiveness, help, education and to build for the future.

    Not destruction, cancelation, and violence!

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