Julian Edelman offers to take DeSean Jackson to Holocaust Memorial Museum

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As the NFL community continues to deal with Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson‘s anti-Semitic social-media post, Patriots receiver Julian Edelman has offered his thoughts.

Edelman, who is Jewish, posted a video on social media addressing the situation, culminating in an invitation to Jackson to take a trip to the nation’s capital for a mutual effort in learning and understanding.

“I’ve been getting hit up by everyone asking me about this DeSean Jackson post, and I wanted to take some time before I responded because it’s a complicated issue, and I wanted to be thoughtful,” Edelman says at the outset of the 140-second video. “I wrote down some of my thinking.

“I’ve seen DeSean play in his career, make outstanding football plays. We’ve communicated over social media. I’ve got nothing but respect for his game. I know he said some ugly things, but I do see an opportunity to have a conversation.”

Later in the video, Edelman identifies a common ground with Jackson.

“I think the black and Jewish communities have a lot of similarities,” Edelman explains. “One unfortunate similarity is that they are both attacked by the ignorant and the hateful.”

Edelman outlines ideas for proceeding, both general and specific.

“We need to listen, we need to learn, we need to act,” Edelman says. “We need to have those uncomfortable conversations, if we’re gonna have real change. So to that end, DeSean, let’s do a deal. How ’bout we go to D.C. and I take you to the Holocaust Museum, and then you take me to the Museum of African-American History and Culture. Afterward, we grab some burgers, and we have those uncomfortable conversations.”

Edelman also reflects on his Jewish heritage during the video.

“For me it’s not just about religion, it’s about community and culture as well,” Edelman says. “I’m unusual, because I didn’t identify as Jewish until later in my life. Whenever I encountered hatred, it never really felt like it was aimed at me. It was only after I was part of this community that I learned how destructive hate is. Anti-Semitism is one of the oldest forms of hatred. It’s rooted in ignorance and fear.”

Edelman says he experienced some of that hatred in 2011, when an anti-Semitic slur was directed at him on the football field.

It’s still unclear whether Jackson’s actions came from random ignorance or conscious hatred. Regardless, Jackson is getting plenty of opportunities to learn and to grow. The opportunity to hash out these issues directly with another NFL player who plays the same position as Jackson could be the best way to do it.

38 responses to “Julian Edelman offers to take DeSean Jackson to Holocaust Memorial Museum

  1. DeSean Jackson has been a problem for years there is a reason no team ever won with him

  2. Bravo, Mr. Edelman. Classy, classy response that contains a lesson for all of us.

  3. i’ll never understand why people have to put others down to feel better about themselves; especially when it comes to religion. Open your minds. If there’s no malice, look for the good in people.

  4. Despise the Pats, however, a very thoughtful and classy response from Edelman.

    Clearly a good human being.

  5. That is how you lead and engage folks. Open mind and a welcoming attitude. Hats off to Mr. Edelman for suggesting a quid pro quo, and an engaging conversation. Couldn’t agree more with his statement that “Anti-Semitism is one of the oldest forms of hatred. It’s rooted in ignorance and fear.”

    He’s trying to educate and get educated at the same time, even if he isn’t fearful of DeSean or any other minority.

  6. D.Jak will be screaming and kicking all the way. But he has to know the reasons his post was inflammatory.

  7. If you’re looking for Julian Edelman, you’ll find him on the high road.

  8. Given that Jackson just liked a tweet where it was suggested he shouldn’t have to apologise, you cant teach someone like that, despite what would have been Edelman’s best and thoughtful efforts.

  9. Thank you Julian, that was an amazing, thoughtful response. It is a response that should be cited as an example. I would hope and pray that many of our leaders would look thoughtfully to that, we need more understanding in this harsh world.

  10. “DeSean Jackson likes Instagram post that suggests he shouldn’t have had to apologize” I guess that says it all!

  11. Well done, Julian Edelman. I sincerely hope DeSean Jackson has the maturity to go. His eyes will be opened by what he learns.

  12. Man, I’ve been mad at Edelman ever since that pass he threw in the Ravens-Pats playoff game in 2014. But this is a class move. Nice job JE.

  13. LJandFlaccoAreElite says:

    July 9, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    Man, I’ve been mad at Edelman ever since that pass he threw in the Ravens-Pats playoff game in 2014. But this is a class move. Nice job JE.

    LJandFlaccoAreElite – you have more class than this Ravens fan:

    nite2al says:

    July 9, 2020 at 10:51 am

    He didn’t drop the ball this time.

  14. Julian Edelman a future hall-of-famer? Lol DeSean Jackson has a better chance of becoming a Hall of famer. Neither one will sniff it.

  15. touchback6 says:
    July 9, 2020 at 9:49 am
    Pure class and leadership from a future hall of famer.

    Wonderful gesture by Edelman. He deserves all the kudos he is getting here.

    Doesn’t change the fact that the HoF line is completely false. Pats HoF…absolutely. But his #’s (which matter big time for the hall) are nowhere near good enough, and he has never been anywhere close to the best at his position for a season, let alone to be considered among the greatest to ever play the game.

  16. In any given year Edelman plays more games in the postseason than Jackson plays for the entire season

  17. You can’t really fix Desean Jackson. Classy move by Edelman trying to turn Jackson’s ignorance into a teachable moment.

    On another note, nostalgia warps our perspective of things. Edelman, while a great Pats player, has had a serviceable career, not Hall of Fame worthy, but it doesn’t need to be either. He was electric in the postseason, but there would be a long long jam of receivers with better stats going in before he does.

  18. Perhaps DeSean Jackson needs to be schooled in the loss of American lives during WWII. In Europe alone, all due to Hitler, over 215,000 American servicemen made the ultimate sacrifice so he might have the right to proclaim his fealty to Louis Farrakan and support true fascism by quoting Hitler.

    Of course, he will not serve any penalty, because real men like Edelman will school him on what actual history is. It would seem that, even being one generation removed from “The Greatest Generation”, our students today fail to comprehend the gravity of the sacrifice made by those patriots for ALL Americans, regardless of race, religion, or creed.

    Take a step back, relive the horrors faced by those great Americans, and put football into perspective. We should be attempting to live as one nation instead of having political parties cleave us into that which others fought so hard to deny.

  19. The Holocaust Museum isn’t a bad idea for Jackson to visit, but that is a very sanitized view of what happened.

    But taking Jackson to Dachau and letting him actually walk through the barracks vis, the gas chamber and the ovens would be more beneficial.

    I first visited Dachau in 1977 while stationed in Germany. We took our daughter and 18 year old grandson there in 2013. When asked what the young man thought of Dachau, he responded, “This is a place that everyone needs to see. It’s not a pleasant experience, but it needs to be seen.”.

  20. Very nice gesture from Julian Edelman. Would not surprise me if DeShawn just blows it off.

  21. Great idea by Julian but is it really gonna accomplish anything. Maybe in a fantasy world where Desean and Edelman fly unicorns to meet each other. But in this real, harsh and brutal world we live in, it will accomplish absolutely nothing.

  22. Wonder if this GUY would be this remorseful if it had nothing to do with losing millions

  23. Very mature and good response by Edelman. He took some time to let emotions cool down when he could have just blasted DeSean and instead has tried to turn this incident into a positive. For those calling for DeSean to be cut or banned, remember that Riley Cooper was never banned for using the N word

  24. All that I know about DeSean is what I know through him playing football -so, obviously, I don’t know him personally….with that being established, I cannot help but think -and this is based on his actions and behavior through the years- that he sees this as Edelman “calling him out” …..and as bad as it may be to say, knowing DeSean is vexed about this sort of personal affront pleases me.

  25. How many black NFL players besides Cam Heyward called out Jackson for this?

    They’ll be the first ones screaming if their white teammates don’t kneel with them this season.

    If anybody thinks the movement is about right and wrong, guess again.

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