Patriots receiver Julian Edelman, the MVP of Super Bowl 53, offered to accompany Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson to the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center in Washington to help facilitate a “conversation” after Jackson posted false and anti-Semitic statements on social media earlier this week.
Edelman, who says he did not “identify as Jewish until later in my life,” became aware, like many who follow football, of Jackson’s post to Instagram earlier in the week that included a quote falsely attributed to Adolph Hitler that presents a hate-filled view of Jews. Jackson later apologized for the post.
Edelman said he’d been asked by many people for his thoughts about what Jackson posted and chose not to respond initially because he wanted to give the matter more consideration.
“I know he said some ugly things, but I do see an opportunity for a conversation,” Edelman said. “I’m proud of my Jewish heritage, and for me it’s not just about religion. It’s about community and culture, as well.
“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 he did not want the conversation about anti-Semitism to distract from the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement. He said, “We need to have those uncomfortable conversations” about race and bigotry.
Toward the end of the brief video, he proposed to Jackson that they visit together a couple of Washington’s most compelling institutions: the Holocaust Museum and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
“Afterwards, we can grab some burgers and have those uncomfortable conversations,” Edelman said.
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