On Tuesday, Jackson came to the defense of Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who had earlier shared an anti-Semitic and ignorant Instagram post of a fake quote that he attributed to Adolf Hitler. Stephen Jackson said that the post was the “truth,” and is needed to teach the community.
DeSean Jackson has since apologized twice, explaining that his intent was to “uplift” the African American community. The Eagles in a statement called Jackson’s comments “offensive, harmful and absolutely appalling,” and said they would take appropriate action.
On Wednesday, Stephen Jackson doubled down on his thoughts about Jewish people, speaking on Instagram Live in which he pedaled anti-Semitic conspiracies about the connections between Jews and banks and their world control.
In that comment, Jackson is addressing his initial reaction to the DeSean Jackson backlash, for which context is important to understand both why he saw a backlash himself and why he thinks his comments were misconstrued.
Person he’s on w: “The point is, you did not just say to me that Jews are not trying to divide the black community.”
Jackson: “You know that for a fact? … You know who the Rothschilds are? They own all the banks.”
Jackson then said, “I haven’t said one thing that’s untrue yet”— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) July 8, 2020
Jackson did say “F–k Hitler,” multiple times during his Instagram Live session, and later said, “I love Jews and I love everybody. I stand on love for all who have love for all.” But any such backtracking feels hollow: Jackson’s true feelings are clear.
“I’ve been out here fighting for justice and equality,” Jackson told CNN. “And I was speaking on equality — why they wasn’t handling Cooper and DeSean Jackson any other way. Like I said, they can twist it how they want to. You didn’t hear a word out of my mouth saying, ‘I hate Jews.’ You didn’t hear a word out of my mouth saying, ‘I’m supporting Hitler.’ They can twist it how they want. I don’t hate nobody. I’ve been standing up for everybody. I’mma continue to. And that’s just the end of it.”
A reminder of what Stephen Jackson said about DeSean Jackson (emphases mine):
He was trying to educate himself, educate people, and he’s speaking the truth, right? 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.
“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 told CNN. “I could’ve changed those words, but the people that know me — my Jewish friends that I talked to today — they know that the last thing I was spewing was to defend Hitler or any other post. That’s why I didn’t speak on Hitler or even speak on his post. I spoke on exactly what I agreed with, and they was handling him different than they was handling Cooper. That’s the end of it. They can twist it how they want, but that’s exactly what it is. I don’t hate nobody.”