Eagles’ DeSean Jackson Posts Anti-Semitic Quotes Attributed to Hitler

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By Marcy Oster and JE staff

DeShaun Jackson, center with towel, in 2008 | Photo by Luis Antonio Rodríguez Ochoa licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0, via JTA.org

NFL star DeSean Jackson posted quotes on social media attributed to Adolf Hitler and Louis Farrakhan, but the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver removed them a day later and posted several apologies following pushback.

One of the two quotes posted Monday accuses “white Jews” of having a “plan for world domination.” He later added to the post that he has “no hate” toward the Jewish community.


The Snopes website reports that the quote is not attributable to Hitler and appears to have been first published on a “clickbait web site” called FMLGoneViral.com in 2015.

The post also says: “Hitler said, ‘because the white Jews knows that the Negroes are the real Children of Israel and to keep Americas secret the Jews will blackmail America. … The white citizens of America will be terrified to know that all this time they’ve been mistreating and discriminating and lynching the Children of Israel.’”

Jackson later added to one of the posts: “Anyone who feels I have hate towards the Jewish community took my post the wrong way. I have no hatred in my heart toward no one!! Equality. Equality [raised fist emojis].” At the same time, he re-emphasized the passage of the quote that was about Jewish world domination, writing, “THIS^^^^” beneath it.

On Saturday, Jackson posted a photo of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan delivering his three-hour Fourth of July address in which Farrakhan, who has called Jews “termites” and denounced the “Synagogue of Satan,” among a raft of anti-Semitic comments, spoke canards about Jews.

The speech focused heavily on Jews and Israel, with Farrakhan once again using the word “Satanic” to describe certain Jews, talking about the evils of the Talmud, emphasizing Jewish mendacity and power, claiming that Jews tried to poison him, attacking the Anti-Defamation League head Jason Greenblatt and lawyer Alan Dershowitz, both of whom he says are Satan, and generally invoking many of the same stereotypes he has repeated for many years.

“I have something to do too,” he said. “I will not forget what you have done and are doing to hurt me. My Jewish friends? No, my enemies, have raised the Talmud above the Torah and then spread the lie against God that they are stronger than God … ”

He diverts from speaking about the Jews at points in the speech — to advise his followers to reject a COVID-19 vaccine, for instance — but he continues to return to the subject throughout the entire speech.

At one point, he says, to great applause: “Those of you that say that you are Jews, I will not even give you the honor of calling you a Jew. You’re not a Jew. You’re so-called; you’re Satan. It’s my job to pull the cover off of Satan.”

Jackson wrote in response to the speech: “This man powerful I hope everyone got a chance to watch this!! Don’t be blinded. Know what’s going on!!”

On Tuesday, however, Jackson removed the posts and posted an apology.

“I post a lot of things that are sent to me. I do not have hatred towards anyone,” he wrote. “I really didn’t realize what this passage was saying. Hitler has caused terrible pain to Jewish people like the pain African-Americans have suffered. We should be together fighting anti-Semitism and racism. This was a mistake to post this and I truly apologize for posting it and sorry for any hurt I have caused.”

He also spoke directly to the Jewish community in a posted message and a video. In the video, he said, “I didn’t mean it to the extent you took it” and acknowledged he “probably” shouldn’t have quoted Hitler.

The Eagles brought back Jackson late last season after he had played for the team in 2008-10. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman are Jewish.

The team released a statement on Tuesday morning addressing the Instagram posts saying it had “spoken with” Jackson about his social media posts.

“Regardless of his intentions, the messages he shared were offensive, harmful, and absolutely appalling,” the statement said. “They have no place in our society, and are not condoned or supported in any way by the organization. We are disappointed and we reiterated to DeSean the importance of not only apologizing, but also using his platform to take action to promote unity, equality, and respect.”

The team said it was evaluating the circumstances and “will take appropriate action.”

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia released a statement on Jackson’s post: “The anti-Semitic comments displayed by DeSean Jackson on his Instagram are deeply offensive and disturbing. These words have been used for centuries to support the vilification and extermination of Jews. As a representative of our city, we call on DeSean Jackson to stop spreading hate and bigotry and to become better educated about anti-Semitism.”

The Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation and the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition in a joint statement condemned Jackson for the Instagram posts.

“Although Mr. Jackson later posted that he ‘has no hate in his heart,’ his amplification of hate-filled messages sent a very different message,” they wrote.

“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.”

ESPN reported later on Tuesday that Jackson in a meeting with Jeffrey Lurie, the Jewish owner of the Eagles, and Howie Roseman, the team’s Jewish general manager, said he would like to educate himself, and later reached out to Chabad Young Philly, which works with young professionals and graduate students, to discuss how Jackson can donate to and work with Chabad.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Philadelphia Holocaust Memorial, David Adelman, said in a tweet that in a FaceTime call with Jackson, the athlete again apologized and accepted Adelman’s offer to host him for an educational session and tour of the memorial. “Confident we can turn this into a positive together,” the tweet said.

This is a developing story. This post has been updated on Wednesday, July 8, to add hyperlinks, additional images and new quotes from organizations and from Farrakhan’s July 4 speech.

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