It’s been a turbulent few days for Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson, who has come under heavy fire after a controversial series of anti-semitic Instagram posts including a quote that is falsely linked to Adolf Hitler.
Both Jackson and the Eagles would later issue apologies leaving many to speculate what the future held for the 33-year-old veteran. The Eagles noted at the end of theirs that they want to have productive conversations in order to educate, learn, and grow. This should have really been a sign that no cutting/firing is going to take place for the time being.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise. The Eagles were one of the most prominent teams in educating their white players on social injustices faced by black communities, leading to empowered social media posts from players like Jake Elliott and Jason Kelce, who became prominent in raising awareness at a truly difficult time.
NBC’s John Clark then posted the following on Tuesday afternoon:
Here’s an excerpt from the Chabad Young Philly organization ‘about’ page.
Chabad Young Philly was a seed planted in Center City in August of 2010, upon the recognition of the lack of any Jewish student center in downtown Philadelphia. Originally focused on the underserved populations at the city’s arts colleges, the Chabad House additionally quickly and organically grew into a hub of Jewish life for the graduate/medical students and young professionals living in the city.
Through its open door policy and hundreds of events 52 weeks a year, Chabad Young Philly has cultivated a tightknit, yet open community that has new attendees coming weekly as word grows of its lively Friday night meals, classes, BBQs, holidays events and many more program offerings. The Chabad House prides itself on being an inclusive environment, where Jews from every background experience the beauty of Judaism together, making new friends and having a space to gather with their peers.
It seems as though the Eagles are absolutely doing the right thing in pushing for productive conversations that educate Jackson as opposed to tossing him to the side of the road, perhaps still unaware of why his posts were so upsetting.
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