Video: Julian Edelman Has Poignant Response to DeSean Jackson

Earlier this week, DeSean Jackson posted anti-semitic content on social media, including a quote inaccurately attributed to Adolf Hitler about the Jews dividing black people, and some praise for known anti-semite Louis Farrakhan. Jackson has since apologized twice, and reportedly accepted an invitation to attend the Holocaust memorial in Philadelphia.

Julian Edelman, the Patriots wide receiver, is Jewish. On Instagram today, he offered a poignant response to Jackson and a proposal for an uncomfortable dialogue:

Edelman said that he did not embrace his faith until later in life and that therefore he felt that any anti-semitism he observed was directed at other people. However, it started to dawn on him when he was called a kike — a Jewish slur — on the football field in 2011.

“I think the black and Jewish communities have a lot of similarities,” Edelman said. “One unfortunate similarity is that they are both attacked by the ignorant and the hateful. It’s really hard to see the challenges a community can face when you’re not a part of it. So what we need to do is we need to listen, we need to learn, we need to act. We heed to have those uncomfortable conversations if we’re gonna have real change.”

Edelman proposed to take Jackson to the Holocaust museum in Washington DC, and for Jackson to take him to the Museum of African-American History and Culture: “Afterwards, we grab some burgers and have those uncomfortable conversations. This world needs a little more love, compassion, and empathy.”

 

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.

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  1. Next Mr Edelman will agree your kneel… arm and arm With Mr Jackson, at a cyber pre season game digitally On a Paid Podcast.

    The New England Patriots name will have to change soooooon too, so get ready for the Edelman appology for that name, which implies ‘Redskins’ and a tea party.

    In the Ukraine, under the Soviets, every team would just be known as a number and Geo location. Let’s do that for team names in America. ‘Who do you root for? Oh I root for Longitude 23 Latitude 47 and 29 minutes NE … ‘

    Maybe We should name teams using some kind of German Secret code, and when the code becomeS offensive in 2150, we can just change the meaning of the C O D E … Or the device that reads the code.

    Kinda the way google and yahoo change the meaning of historical events and figures in their search engine.

    Twitter is making America Stupid Again.
    CNNmsnbc is where stupid gets a PhD.

  2. How is the slur used against Jews spelled out in articles with no second thought whatsoever, and the slur against black people is never spelled out and is somehow worse? Double standards much? Who is the real privileged? The difference here is that black people call each other the N word all the time, but Jews don’t call each other the K word. Having written that, words are just words, and if you’re triggered by them and justify violence based on words, then you are way too sensitive.

    • PS – I’m sure Desean and Stephen Jackson, and other intolerants want to have a conversation with someone they’re clearly against. Julian is trying to do the right thing, but I’m pretty sure it will fall to deaf ears.

  3. This is called racial slur relevancy. I never liked Edelman as a player because he is always in the face of the defender after play has ended, but he is a great receiver. I am not Jewish, but I think the Jew historically have suffered due to antisemitism to much greater degree than African Americans-see enslavement in Egypt, tons of bad things in Europe and Russia over the millennium, millions killed during the Holocaust. Edelman should be calling out Jackson as a racial bigot, but instead takes the middle road and tries to smooth over the abhorrent behavior of Jackson. Sorry, I am not buying this kumbaya BS.
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