Four days after Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson posted anti-Semitic quotes on his Instagram story Monday, former teammate and current Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins responded with a video pushing people to maintain their focus on the Black Lives Matter movement.
“We gotta stay focused,” Jenkins said. “All of this back-and-forth that’s going on right now is a distraction. 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’re still fighting for justice, we got a lot of work to do and this ain’t it. Stay focused.”
Jackson’s posts included a falsely attributed quote to Adolf Hitler that claimed Jewish people want to “extort America” as part of their plan to take over the world as well as statements made by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. The receiver has since issued an apology claiming he didn’t realize the negative context behind the posts while the Eagles released a statement condemning him.
ESPN reported that Jackson met with "a group against anti-Semitism" on Thursday and had plans to sit down with a 94-year-old Holocaust survivor Friday.
Jenkins didn’t address Jackson’s comments directly other than to say the comments were “wrong,” a very different reaction than the one he had to teammate Drew Brees’ comments about kneeling during the national anthem. After Brees told Yahoo! Sports in June that he “will never agree” with that form of protest, Jenkins released an emotional video condemning the quarterback by saying, “You are part of the problem.”
As an African-American man himself, Jenkins believes the Black Lives Matter movement deserves to be at the forefront of national attention.
“We can honor the Jewish heritage and trauma while staying focused on what matters,” Jenkins wrote in the caption of his video responding to Jackson. “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.”
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