“I know he said some ugly things, but I do see an opportunity to have a conversation. I am proud of my Jewish heritage, and for me, it’s not just about religion, it’s about community and culture as well. I am unusual because I didn’t identify as Jewish until later in my life. Whenever I encountered hatred, it never really felt like it was aimed at me. It was only after I was part of this community that I learned how destructive hate is.” [...] “Anti-Semitism is one of the oldest forms of hatred. It’s rooted in ignorance and fear. There’s no room for anti-Semitism in this world. DeSean, let’s do a deal. How about we go to D.C. and I take you to the Holocaust Museum and then you take me to the museum of African American History and Culture. Afterwards, we’ll grab some burgers and we have those uncomfortable conversations. This world needs a little more love, compassion and empathy.”
Edelman posted an update on Friday morning:
DeSean and I spoke for awhile last night. We're making plans to use our experiences to educate one another and grow together. Stay tuned.— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) July 10, 2020
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Edelman’s tweet doesn’t offer specifics but Jackson taking the time to talk to him and making future plans seems like a step in a positive direction. Here’s hoping the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver continues to go down that path as opposed to one that doesn’t reflect remorse for the anti-Semitic sentiment he shared.
In addition to his plans with Edelman, Jackson has reportedly spoken to Rabbi Doniel Grodnitzky of Chabad Young Philly about further education. 94-year-old Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg has invited Jackson to Auschwitz to help explain why sharing quotes attributed to Hitler was so offensive.
The Eagles are counting on Jackson to not only apologize for his mistake but to also use “his platform to take action to promote unity, equality, and respect.”