All-time Sixers great Charles Barkley has called out all-time Eagles great DeSean Jackson and other prominent celebrities for recent anti-Semitic comments and actions.
Barkley, in a video tweeted out by NBA on TNT, criticized Jackson, who posted messages on social media earlier this month citing a quote he thought was from Hitler.
Former NBA player Stephen Jackson staunchly defended Jackson. Comedian and TV personality Nick Cannon was fired by ViacomCBS for anti-Semitic comments. And rapper and filmmaker Ice Cube blasted NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for an essay in the Hollywood Reporter asking why there hasn’t been more outrage nationally about recent anti-Semitic comments and posts from celebrites.
Listen, DeSean Jackson, Stephen Jackson, Nick Cannon, Ice Cube,” Barkley said in the video. “Man, what the hell are y’all doing? Y’all want racial equality. We all do. I don’t understand how insulting another group helps our cause. And the only person who called y’all on it was Kareem. We can’t allow Black people to be prejudiced, also. Especially if we’re asking for white folks to respect us, give us economic opportunity and things like that. I’m so disappointed in these men. I don’t understand how you beat hatred with more hatred. That stuff should never come up in your vocabulary, and it should never come up in your heart. I don’t understand it.
"I’m never gonna accept it, and I’m asking you guys, I’m begging you guys, man, you guys are famous, you’ve got a platform. We’ve gotta do better, man. I want allies. I don’t want to alienate anybody and to take shots at the Jewish race, the white race. I just don’t like it 'cause it’s not right and I had to call them on it 'cause it’s really — it’s really been on my heart.
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