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The DeSean Jackson Controversy Can Be a Useful Lesson

Ryan Beltran

Posted on July 19, 2020 01:40

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Examining the DeSean Jackson controversy this past week and explaining what we Americans can learn from this.

Last week Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson evoked outrage among many when he posted an anti-Semitic statement on his Instagram page which was misquoted under the infamous Nazi Germany fascist dictator Adolf Hitler.

Jackson falsely attributed the quote from Hitler which stated how Jews "will blackmail America" and how "their plan for world domination won't work if the Negroes know who they were."

In reality, the quote was actually said from controversial black civil rights activist Louis Farrakhan, who is the leader of the Nation of Islam, which has also been classified as a Black Nationalist hate group.

Looking overall into the situation, DeSean Jackson should be criticized and even with his recent public apology last week, there still seems to be many people even defending his online post. At the same time, as much as DeSean Jackson deserves to be called out, we must also find a way to use this incident as an opportunity to teach not just Jackson, but everyone whether white, black, Asian, Hispanic that we need to find a solution to never-ending societal issues in America and figure out a "compromise."

The Jackson situation is just one of many incidents that have evoked outrage in regards to the topic of racial controversy. For example, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was criticized in the wake of the George Floyd protests back in late May, over his comments about not wanting to kneel down during the national anthem.

Brees got criticized and Jackson to an extent has also been called out by many especially in the Jewish community, but there are still issues in understanding each other in these types of debates.

If people want change to happen faster, we need to find a way to find mutual understanding about our disagreements right now and not just judge people's morality because of personal mistakes from others because we shouldn't determine how good or bad a person because of this.

It's understandable the frustrations African Americans face in America and how they still feel marginalized. Americans from all ethnicities should obviously still respect their current pleads for change, and we must admit there needs to be reform to improve their issues in America.

One the other side, other Americans feel the similar roadblocks African Americans face. From Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and even many white Americans who feel in today's social climate they are too vilified right now with the outcry of racial injustice in America; various Americans all have similar obstacles that African Americans have faced.

If America wants to find the answers to our issues we all must acknowledge our imperfections better which can hopefully lead to more improvement in the future. We must also find positivity in our country and acknowledge the improvements in racial advancements in the past and present.

Ryan Beltran

Posted on July 19, 2020 01:40

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