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Stephen Jackson doubles down on anti-Semitic rhetoric, DeSean Jackson defense

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Stephen Jackson doubles down on anti-Semitic rhetoric, DeSean Jackson defense

Former Warriors forward Stephen Jackson has made it abundantly clear how he feels about Jewish people, and his beliefs are appalling. 

On Tuesday, Jackson came to the defense of Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who had earlier shared an anti-Semitic and ignorant Instagram post of a fake quote that he attributed to Adolf Hitler. Stephen Jackson said that the post was the "truth," and is needed to teach the community. 

DeSean Jackson has since apologized twice, explaining that his intent was to "uplift" the African American community. The Eagles in a statement called Jackson's comments "offensive, harmful and absolutely appalling," and said they would take appropriate action.

On Wednesday, Stephen Jackson doubled down on his thoughts about Jewish people, speaking on Instagram Live in which he pedaled anti-Semitic conspiracies about the connections between Jews and banks and their world control. 

Jackson did say "F--k Hitler," multiple times during his Instagram Live session, and later said, "I love Jews and I love everybody. I stand on love for all who have love for all." But any such backtracking feels hollow: Jackson's true feelings are clear.

The former Warrior has been a major voice in the Black Lives Matter movement of late, after his friend George Floyd was killed while in police custody. Jackson has inspired many to speak up and march against systemic racism, and bring the necessary changes to American society that has plagued the Black community for centuries.

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That partially is why these comments are so disappointing. By preaching equality while demonizing the Jewish people, Jackson has lost credibility for his supposed beliefs of "love for all."

His thoughts on the racial injustices facing the Black community should not be diminished by this horrifying display of ignorance. Those truths are bigger than Stephen Jackson, and his otherwise divisive and hateful beliefs. 

However, in a fight against racism and systemic hatred and injustices, this is just another clear example of how important education is. There is no room for hate in this country, for any group of people. Communities such as Blacks and Jews, two groups that have been marginalized and oppressed throughout history, must stick together in solidarity and support for one another if actual change is going to occur.

Jackson's ignorant thoughts are just another clear example of how far we need to go as a society. 

Six under-radar free agents Warriors could pursue signing in offseason

Six under-radar free agents Warriors could pursue signing in offseason

The Warriors need to shore up their depth at key positions if they intend to make a run at the NBA title next season.

If Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are healthy next season, the front office will have to mix and match with what they already have filling out the roster, bringing in new additions with limited money to spend.The Warriors will only have the taxpayer mid-level exception and minimum contracts at their disposal to hand out to unrestricted free agents.

We already examined the guards, wings and big men who clearly could interest the Warriors. But what about the free agents who might not immediately catch your eye?

With limited salary-cap room at their disposal, perhaps those are the exact type of players the Warriors should pursue.

CLICK HERE FOR SIX UNDER-THE-RADAR WARRIORS' FREE-AGENT TARGETS

NBA free agency: Warriors could target these big men for next season

NBA free agency: Warriors could target these big men for next season

The Warriors will go into the 2020-21 season with positional needs to shore up their depth if they intend to make a run at the title. If Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are healthy next season, the front office will have to mix and match with what they already have filling out the roster.

At their disposal, the Warriors will only have the taxpayer mid-level exception and minimum contracts to hand out to unrestricted free agents. So what areas do they need to address the roster? 

This week we already examined the guards and wings that could interest the Warriors. The center position definitely could use another piece as well. 

Kevon Looney was supposed to be a major factor in the frontcourt, but injuries derailed his season and unfortunately, there always will be question marks about his durability moving forward.

Marquese Chriss came out of nowhere and blossomed into the guy that might be holding down the starting center spot next season. Alen Smailagic is way too young and raw to be expected to make a major contribution next season, and the Warriors will be reluctant to use Draymond Green at center too much during the regular season. So the team will need at least one more big, preferably of veteran status, to add to their depth.

CLICK HERE FOR 10 BIG MEN THE WARRIORS COULD TARGET IN FREE AGENCY