“Where Is the Outrage Over Anti-Semitism in Sports and Hollywood?” ran the headline in the July 14 Hollywood Reporter. The writer is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, former Los Angeles Lakers star and NBA hall of famer.
“Recent incidents of anti-Semitic tweets and posts from sports and entertainment celebrities are a very troubling omen for the future of the Black Lives Matter movement,” according to Abdul-Jabbar, “but so too is the shocking lack of massive indignation.” The NBA great targeted Ice Cube’s tweets that “implied that Jews were responsible for the oppression of blacks.”
NFL player DeSean Jackson tweeted “several anti-Semitic messages, including a quote he incorrectly thought was from Hitler (not your go-to guy for why-can’t-we-all-get-along quotes) stating that Jews had a plan to ‘extort America’ and achieve ‘world domination.’” Such statements, Abdul-Jabbar explained, “would be laughed at by anyone with a middle-school grasp of reason,” but there was more.
Former NBA player and “self-proclaimed activist” Stephen Jackson “undid whatever progress his previous advocacy may have achieved by agreeing with DeSean Jackson on social media. Then he went on to talk about the Rothschilds owning all the banks and his support for the notorious homophobe and anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan.”