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Classic 2020: DeSean Jackson Posting Anti-Semitic Hitler Quotes & Anti-Vaxxer Conspiracies

Ah yes, the year rolls on in typical fashion. 

Today we've got a story about DeSean Jackson's quickly-spiraling Instagram page that was first brought to my attention by the Philly Voice over 4th of July weekend. 

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Hitler said a whole lot of awful things (massive understatement), but did he ever say that exact quote in particular? Not likely... but still not great!

The quote's origin* and the original source is dubious at best, traced backward to e-books published by authors of little repute, though that seems to be beside the point, as Jackson appears to believe Hitler is the source and is (at least passively) endorsing the message, filled with anti-semitic tropes about Jewish people secretly controlling the world.

Jackson's original post follows what appears to be a July 4th weekend where he spent a considerable amount of time watching and listening to Minister Louis Farrakhan, the controversial leader of the Nation of Islam, with Jackson posting several times about his hours-long speech in the days since. 

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"This man powerful," Jackson said. "I hope everyone got a chance to watch this!! Don't be blinded. Know what's going on!!"

Farrakhan, who has routinely been dubbed anti-semitic and homophobic by watchdog groups, first came under fire for anti-semitism in the mid-1980s, when he reportedly referred to Judaism as a "dirty religion" and later said Hitler was "a very great man" after being dubbed "Black Hitler" by the Chair of the Anti-Defamation League…

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:: eyeballs emojis at Jameis Winston in there, too ::

Checking back today, Jackson's Instagram story kicks off with a conspiracy theory about vaccines and then a post saying he doesn't have hate towards the Jewish community, which he then contradicts by posting the same message about Jewish folks bent on world domination, and then a final post about how he doesn't hate anyone. 

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There is A LOT going on right now (massive understatement, part II) & people are rightfully angry, frustrated & searching for answers… but maaaan oh man, it sure helps to be judicious with where you look & cognizant of when it's time to step away & come back down to reality

Your wacky Uncle spends too much time on YouTube & next thing you know he appears to be posting an allegiance to QAnon… 

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…Or your wide receiver spends too much time watching an anti-LGBTQ/anti-Semitic/misogynistic grifter & suddenly he's posting racist jargon (quotes you thought came from HITLER?!?! COME ON, MAN!) on an Instagram story while saying, "No, swear I'm not! You just don't get what I'm trying to say here!" 

If you've got a large family/friend network you know some form of this narrative well, of people falling into questionable/racist beliefs or following leaders that point to scapegoats for whatever's going wrong; people hawking lies that pander to anger & fear… and it's coming from every angle of the social/political spectrum. All you have to do to find it is scroll your Facebook feed for a few seconds. 

Without a doubt that's #actuallybad (no shit) and I don't quite know how to fix it, but I did read online that Tom Cruise says if you wear a tin cone you're less vulnerable to falling into horrible and/or stupid beliefs because it blocks gamma rays that cloud our judgement.

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Back to DeSean, both the NFL & Eagles have now issued statements. There've been a lot of learning/growth moments happening & hopefully this is one of them. If you really want the birds to fly, that harmful shit can't.