New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins says the anti-Semitic Instagram posts made by Desean Jackson are wrong and a distraction to what African-American players across the NFL are trying to accomplish. Jackson, a three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver of the Philadelphia Eagles, drew lots of negative attention to his name last week when he posted a quote incorrectly attributed to Adolph Hitler: “because the white Jews knows that the Negroes are the real Children of Israel and to keep America’s secret the Jews will blackmail America.
They will extort America, their plan for world domination won’t work if the Negroes know who they were." Former Eagles safety and current CNN analyst Jenkins called Jackson's actions "wrong" and encourage those who believe in social justice reform to “stay focused”.
"We gotta stay focused,” Jenkins, the leader of the NFL Players Coalition, said in the video, as quoted on Sports Illustrated. “All of this back and forth that's going on right now is a distraction. Comments were made, and they were wrong.
Allow those who were impacted by it to voice their grievances”.
Jenkins says they can honor the Jewish heritage
Jackson has twice apologized for his anti-Semitic messages and he has promised that he will prove that it weren't just words as he wants to further educate himself about the matter.
"I post a lot of things that are sent to me," Jackson said in one of his apologizes. "I do not have hatred towards anyone. 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." Jenkins what the Jewish people had been through shouldn't be overlooked but now they have to stay focused on their social justice movement.
"We can honor the Jewish heritage and trauma while staying focused on what matters,” Jenkins wrote. “Jewish people aren’t our problem, and we aren’t their problem. Let’s not lose focus on what the problem truly is, and that’s that Black lives still don’t matter in this country.
"But we've got to stay focused. Because Breonna Taylor's killers are still not arrested. We're still fighting for justice. We've got a lot of work to do. And this ain't it. Stay focused”.