Former basketball player Stephen Jackson, who is now an analyst for ESPN, defended Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson's recent social media posts as "the truth" in a since-deleted July 7 Instagram video.
If that wasn't troubling enough, former National Basketball Association player and social activist Stephen Jackson defended DeSean Jackson's posts and believed he was "speaking the truth".
In Edelman's Instagram video, he said he was on the receiving end of an anti-Jewish slur during a game in 2011. I'm against anti-Semitism, and I didn't see and I haven't seen almost enough people saying, 'Yeah, man, this was a misstep'.
DeSean has since publicly apologized twice for social posts.
"I apologize for using the wrong words, as I first stated when I got on here", Stephen told Lemon. "I post things on my story all the time, and just probably never should have posted anything Hitler did, because Hitler was a bad person, and I know that". "And I just asked him that, it wasn't an insult and he didn't take it as an insult".
Jackson apologized for the posts in a video on Tuesday, saying in part that they weren't meant to demean the Jewish community and that he "never should have posted anything Hitler did, because Hitler was a bad person, and I know that". It's about community and culture as well.
Banner chose to film a video to share his thoughts with the black community, the Jewish community, and the world at large. "It's rooted in ignorance in fear".
"Even though we're talking about anti-Semitism, I don't want to distract how important the Black Lives Matter movement is, and how we need to stay behind it".
Edelman acknowledged that he didn't identify as Jewish until later in life, but he has since learned how destructive anti-Semitism can be. One unfortunate similarity is that they're 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", Edelman said.
"Maybe I could've been more clear of what I thought DeSean was correct about, but I didn't feel the need to go into a conversation that me and him had about how they were treating him and Riley Cooper", Stephen Jackson said.
Edelman offered to go to Washington D.C. with Jackson to visit the Holocaust Museum and then the Museum of African American History and Culture. Afterwards, we'll grab some burgers and we have those uncomfortable conversations.
"This world needs a little more love, compassion, and empathy", Edelman concluded in his video.