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Pittsburgh Steelers Player Condemns Anti-Semitism After DeSean Jackson Apologizes

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Offensive tackle Zach Banner #72 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 08 July 2020 10:42 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Zach Banner took to social media to condemn anti-Semitism just one day after Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson apologized for an offensive post on Instagram.

Banner said he couldn't sleep on Wednesday morning when he found out that Jackson has shared quotes that were falsely attributed to Adolf Hitler.

“There’s a common misbelief among black and brown people — and I know this from growing up [in Lakewood, Washington] and I’ve listened to it — that Jewish people are just any other white race. … You mix them up with the rest of the majority and don’t understand that they’re a minority as well,” Banner said.

“I didn’t know this until I went to USC and I had friends, who are now family members believe it or not, who are part of the Jewish community, current students and alumni.”

Banner also talked about the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue shooting that left 11 dead in 2018, during his first season with the Steelers.

“Just tough, man,” Banner continued. “We need to understand that Jewish people deal with the same amount of hate and similar hardships and hard times. I’m not trying to get emotional right now. I want to preach to the black and brown community that we need to uplift [the Jewish community] and put our arms around them just as much when we talk about Black Lives Matter and elevating ourselves. We can’t do that while stepping on the backs of other people to elevate ourselves. That’s very important to me and should be important to everyone.”

Banner has joined Black Lives Matter protests in Pittsburgh following the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in Minneapolis while in police custody.

“Change your heart, put your arm around people and let’s all uplift each other,” Banner said.

The post that Jackson shared on Instagram with his 1.4 million followers included a fake quote attributed to Hitler, which read “the white Jews knows that the Negroes are the real Children of Israel and to keep Americas secret the Jews will blackmail America. The will extort America, their plan for world domination won’t work if the Negroes know who they were.”

Jackson said the post was meant to “uplift African Americans and slavery” but didn’t “really realize what this passage was saying.”

On Tuesday, Jackson promised to educate himself more.

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