Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Desean Jackson has accepted an invitation to visit the Auschwitz concentration camp after speaking to a 94-year-old Holocaust survivor. Last week, Jackson posted an anti-Semitic message on Instagram and attributed it to 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." Jackson received a lot of criticism for his anti-Semitic and he later twice apologized and promised he would educate himself to get a better understanding of how harmful his post was.
The Eagles penalized Jackson for his action and noted that the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver will have to take proper actions in order to remain on the team. After speaking with Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg, Jackson accepted the 94-year-old's invitation to visit Auschwitz.
"I grew up in Los Angeles, and never really spent time with anyone from the Jewish community and didn’t know much about their history, this has been such a powerful experience for me to learn and educate myself," Jackson told The Jerusalem Post.
“I want to take the proper steps to let people know that I never intentionally had any hatred in my heart, I never wanted to put the Jewish community down, I want to educate myself more and help bridge the gaps between all different cultures”.
Date unknown at the moment
NFL training camp is set to begin and the season starts in just less than two months but Jackson will find time to fulfill his promise. "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”. Meanwhile, 33-year-old Jackson is hoping to have a bounce back season this coming year as an injury limited him to only three ganes last season. Jackson left the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last offseason to return to the Eagles, where he started his career.