Former NFL star and analyst Shannon Sharpe said he does not believe Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is anti-Semitic.
Debate over Farrakhan’s rhetoric was sparked again this week after Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson posted a series of anti-Semitic messages to social media over the weekend, which he falsely attributed to Adolf Hitler.
“They will extort America, their plan for world domination won’t work if the Negroes know who they were,” the messages Jackson posted said. “The white citizens of America will be terrified to know that all this time they’ve been mistreating and discriminating and lynching Children of Israel.”
Jackson also posted a clip of Farrakhan’s July 4 speech, during which he floated a conspiracy theory that Bill and Melinda Gates were working with Dr. Anthony Fauci to create a vaccine for the coronavirus. Farrakhan warned his followers they should not “let them vaccinate you with their history of treachery through vaccines, through medication.”
“He has made it clear over the years, he does not like Jewish people,” Skip Bayless, a co-host of the FS1 sports debate show Undisputed said of Farrakhan.
“Well, not from the conversations that I’ve had with the minister,” Sharpe responded. “He’s made it clear … anybody that sat down with him … he says he doesn’t.”
Bayless pointed out that the Anti-Defamation League has designated Farrakhan as anti-Semitic and read off several quotes from the religious leader about Jewish people.
“He supported Obama, Obama did not love it,” Bayless said. “Then once Obama got elected … Farrakhan criticized him as the first Jewish president.”
Sharpe countered by bringing up anti-Semitic statements made by Rep. IIhan Omar after she complained in Congress it was “all about the Benjamins.”
“They jumped all over her,” Sharpe said. “President Trump said the exact same thing. You guys won’t vote for me because you care about your money and you can’t control me. He said the exact same thing, nobody said a word.”
The Eagles released a statement on Jackson’s social media posts, which were deleted, saying they have spoken with the player about the messages he sent out.
“Regardless of his intentions, the messages he shared were offensive, harmful, and absolutely appalling,” the team said. “They have no place in our society and are not condoned or supported in any way by the organization. We are disappointed and we reiterated to DeSean the importance of not only apologizing, but also using his platform to take action to promote unity, equality, and respect.”
Author: Dominick Mastrangelo