*Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has accepted an invitation from a 94-year-old Holocaust survivor to visit the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.
For over a week, Jackson has been catching heat from the Jewish community after posting on Instagram an anti-Semitic message that he attributed to Adolf Hitler.
The Eagles responded by calling his posts “offensive, harmful and absolutely appalling” and said the team would take “appropriate action.”
On his Instagram story feed, the controversial quote said white Jews “will blackmail America. [They] will extort America, their plan for world domination won’t work if the Negroes know who they were.”
Jackson also shared two posts expressing admiration for Farrakhan, who has been deemed anti-Semitic by the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center. Those posts have since been deleted.
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Today I had an opportunity to speak with 94 year old holocaust survivor Mr. Edward Mosberg. Thank you Mr. Mosberg for your valuable time and insight today . Im taking this time to continue with educating myself and… https://t.co/blfk2u1s6c
— Desean Jackson (@DeSeanJackson10) July 10, 2020
Following the immediate backlash over the posts, Jackson said in his apology: “… I just probably should have never posted anything that Hitler did, because Hitler was a bad person, and I know that. I was just trying to uplift African Americans and slavery and just enlighten my people. … I didn’t intend any harm or any hatred toward any people. … I’m for love and I extend it every day.”
To further distance himself from anti-Semitism, the NFLer has plans visit Poland for a lesson about the horrors of the Holocaust.
According Sports Illustrated, Jackson has agreed to visit Auschwitz with Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg.
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Today I had an opportunity to speak with 94 year old holocaust survivor Mr. Edward Mosberg. Thank you Mr. Mosberg for your valuable time and insight today . Im taking this time to continue with educating myself and bridging the gap between different cultures, communities & religions. LOVE 2 ALL!!!!! TO BE CONTINUED …..
The two spoke via a Zoom call on Friday, with Mosberg dressed in a concentration camp uniform.
“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 said on the Zoom call, according to 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.”
It is unknown when Jackson will visit Auschwitz.
I made a few commitments, & I must run it up!! The bigger picture!! See it pretty clear, believe that ????? https://t.co/VsyqcP4C02
— Desean Jackson (@DeSeanJackson10) July 12, 2020