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‘To Enlighten My People’

Posted on | July 10, 2020 | Comments Off on ‘To Enlighten My People’

To show his solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter, NFL star Desean Jackson used a fake quote attributed to Hitler:

Jackson shared an image to his Instagram stories on Monday that said Jews “will blackmail America. [They] will extort America, their plan for world domination won’t work if the Negroes know who they were,” ESPN reported.
The wide receiver also shared two posts on Saturday and Monday praising Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. The posts have since been deleted.
Jackson shared a video on Tuesday apologizing, saying that he received backlash over the Instagram story.
“I never want to put any race down or any people down. My post was definitely not intended for anybody of any race to feel any type of way, especially the Jewish community,” Jackson said in the video.
“I’m very apologetic, and I just want you guys to understand that it never was intended to put any race down or any religion down,” he continued.
Jackson added, “I just probably shouldn’t have ever posted anything that Hitler did, because Hitler was a bad person, and I know that. I was just trying to uplift African Americans and slavery and just enlighten my people.”

Jackson attended the University of California at Berkeley, and I don’t know what they taught him there, but historical research methods apparently weren’t part of the curriculum. The quote Jackson shared on his Instagram page (see the image here) apparently comes from a self-published 2016 book by a Canadian woman named Dennine Barnett, whose apparent intent was to promote false beliefs associated with the Black Hebrew Israelite cult. This bogus mythology, claiming that Jews aren’t really Jews and that, instead, black Africans are the “true” Chosen People, was implicated in two anti-Semitic terrorist attacks last year, one by David Anderson and Francine Graham in Jersey City, and another by Grafton Thomas in Monsey, N.Y. Recall also that last year’s incident involving Covington Catholic students began when they were harassed by Black Hebrew Israelites. So this isn’t just silly nonsense we can laugh about; it’s dangerous and, considering how often such beliefs have made news the past couple of years, we may deduce that this mythology has spread widely within the black community.

According to Snopes.com, the fake Hitler quote included in Barnett’s book originated on a fringe web site in July 2015. Anyone can look at that source and see that, even if we could ignore all the errors of grammar and punctuation, it provides nothing like proper attribution. Yet here is DeSean Jackson, a 12-year NFL veteran and a millionaire many times over, citing this bogus quote as if it proves something.

Guess what? He’s not alone:

Former NFL player and current Fox Sports analyst Shannon Sharpe and former NBA player and Showtime podcast host Stephen Jackson both have ties to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a notorious anti-Semite.
Farrakhan has described Jews as “satanic,” railed against interracial marriage — which he claimed “mongrelized” the black race — and has said “Hitler was a very great man.” Sharpe and Stephen Jackson have both faced criticism for their responses to Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson’s promotion of Farrakhan and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories online. . . .
Stephen Jackson said Wednesday that DeSean Jackson had told “the truth” by spreading anti-Semitic conspiracy theories: “He’s speaking the truth. You know he don’t hate nobody, but he’s speaking the truth of the facts that he knows and trying to educate others.”
The former NBA player has repeatedly promoted Farrakhan to his nearly 900,000 Instagram followers. . . .
Jackson posted an Instagram photo of himself and Farrakhan on June 22 and later uploaded two videos defending the Nation of Islam leader.
“I love Minister Farrakhan and I learned so much in those two hours and I never heard him preach hate, or talk to hate, say hate about anybody to me,” Jackson said in a June 25 video.
“Minister Farrakhan is my teacher. He’s embraced me and he’s teaching me a lot about my people and how to be a better leader,” he added in a second video, on June 27. . . .
Sharpe faced scrutiny after dismissing DeSean Jackson’s promotion of Farrakhan on Wednesday.
“He’s [Farrakhan] has made it pretty clear over the years that he doesn’t like Jewish people. Is that fair to say?” Fox Sports host Skip Bayless asked Sharpe on Wednesday.
“Well, not from the conversation that I’ve had with the minister — he’s made it clear to anybody that sat down with him, he says he doesn’t,” Sharpe replied.
Sharpe previously brought up his ties to Farrakhan during a September 2018 episode of “The Undefeated,” the Fox Sports show that he and Bayless host together.
Sharpe said he was going to be “passing out the Final Call,” the Nation of Islam’s newspaper. “Me and Louis Farrakhan, the last of a dying breed,” Sharpe said, before pointing to his head and saying he had the same hair part as Farrakhan.

The double-standard here is so obvious it shouldn’t need to be pointed out. If any white celebrity engaged in such blatant anti-Semitism, or allied himself with an anti-Semite as notorious as Farrakhan, he’d be canceled faster than you can say “Richard Spencer.” However, black celebrities are permitted to engage in such rhetoric because . . .?

“Social justice” or something. This is all part of the liberal narrative that will justify anything and everything — including anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, defunding the police and destroying statues of Christopher Columbus — in the name of #BlackLivesMatter. Why? Because liberals believe all of this will help them win elections. Thus the open propagation of anti-Jewish smears must be tolerated, because if liberals ever spoke out against it, they’d be cancelled, and Joe Biden might lose a few votes from the black Jew-haters, which he cannot afford to lose.




 

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