DeSean Jackson accepts invitation to tour Philadelphia Holocaust Memorial Plaza

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — After DeSean Jackson issued multiple apologies for his anti-Semitic Instagram posts, the Eagles wide receiver said he will educate himself about why his posts were hurtful to many people.

Jackson had a FaceTime conversation on Tuesday with David Adelman, chairman of the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation, and 76ers limited partner and Fanatics CEO Michael Rubin. 

Adelman said he offered to host an educational session and tour of the Horwitz-Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which Jackson accepted. Adelman said he is “confident we can turn this into a positive together.”

Just had aFaceTime call w @deseanjackson10 & @michaelgrubin DeSean apologized for his hurtful comments. As Chair of the @phillyholocaust memorial, I offered to host him for an education session & tour of the plaza & he accepted. Confident we can turn this into a positive together

— David Adelman (@david_adelman) July 8, 2020

Rubin believes Jackson is not anti-Semitic, and the player will help solve this prejudice. 

He tweeted: “People make mistakes sometimes - what’s matters is that you learn and grow from it and find away to turn it into a positive!”

People make mistakes sometimes - what’s matters is that you learn and grow from it and find away to turn it into a positive! I know @DeSeanJackson10 - he is NOT anti-Semitic and will now make a difference on these issues

— Michael Rubin (@MichaelGRubin) July 7, 2020

Jackson’s posts featured a quote incorrectly attributed to Adolf Hitler, as well as praise for Louis Farrakhan, the head of the Nation of Islam, which is considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The wide receiver apologized to the Jewish community, Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman, Doug Pederson, the Eagles organization and their fans for his “insensitive and ill-informed posts.” Jackson explained he was trying to “uplift, unite and encourage our culture with positive and light. Unfortunately, that did not happen.”

In a joint statement issued Tuesday, Jewish organizations in Philadelphia — including the Anti-Defamation League, American Jewish Committee, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition — condemned Jackson’s Instagram posts. It reads, in part: “Although Mr. Jackson later posted that he ‘has no hate in his heart,’ his amplification of hate-filled messages sent a very different message.”

Jackson promises to educate himself and make a difference in the community. 

“I will seek out voices from other communities and listen to their words, thoughts and beliefs,” he wrote in his latest apology, which he tweeted Tuesday night. “In a time of division, I am committed to doing my part in making this world a better place for our children.”

It’s unclear what the Eagles plan to do in terms of discipline, but their statement Tuesday afternoon mentioned, “We are continuing to evaluate the circumstances and will take appropriate action.”

— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) July 7, 2020