It took a few days but there are now some athletes publicly speaking out against what DeSean Jackson posted on his Instagram story earlier this week that were deemed anti-Semitic.
Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins took to Instagram on Friday and dropped a video addressing the Philadelphia Eagles WR.
“We can honor the Jewish heritage and trauma while staying focused on what matters. Jewish people aren’t our problem, and we aren’t their problem. Let’s not lose focus on what the problem truly is, and that’s that black lives still don’t matter in this country. Push this energy toward arresting and convicting the killers of Breonna Taylor and burning systemic racism to the ground,” Jenkins captioned the video.
“We gotta stay focused. All of this back and forth that’s going on right now is a distraction,” Jenkins said. “Comments were made and they were wrong. Allow those who were impacted by it to voice their grievances. But we gotta stay focused because Breonna Taylor’s killers are still not arrested. We still fighting for justice. We got a lot of work to do, and this ain’t it. Stay focused.”
Julian Edelman also had some things to say earlier this week:
“I think the black and Jewish communities have a lot of similarities. One unfortunate similarity is that they are both attacked by the ignorant and the hateful.”
“We need to listen, we need to learn, we need to act,” Edelman said. “We need to have those uncomfortable conversations, if we’re gonna have real change.”