Patriots’ Julian Edelman gives update on offer made to DeSean Jackson
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman offered an update on his ongoing talks with Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson in light of Jackson’s sharing of anti-semitic messages on social media.
“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,” Edelman tweeted.
On Thursday, Edelman put out a thoughtful response to Jackson’s re-posting of a quote on Instagram that he believed was attributed to Adolf Hitler (it was not). Jackson also quoted Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a known anti-Semite and homophobe.
In his response, the Patriots receiver, a Jewish person, acknowledged that he recently became more in touch with his heritage. He stressed the reality that hatred towards the Jewish people has been prevalent for hundreds of years, and sees this moment as a productive time to begin a conversation and education all sides.
“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,” Edelman said.
Edelman also recalled a moment in 2011 when he was called a derogatory slur typically used against members of the Jewish community. The veteran receiver ending his remarks by extending an offer to Jackson to visit the Holocaust and African American history museums in Washington D.C.
You can watch Edelman’s full response to Jackson here: