Stephen Jackson Talks With Rabbi, Says ‘I Understand The Hurt’ Over Rothschild Comment

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 2: Stephen Jackson, a friend of George Floyd, speaks at a press conference on June 2, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (JTA) – Former NBA star Stephen Jackson disavowed hatred against Jews and walked back the inflammatory comments he made earlier in the week suggesting Jews control the banks.

In a conversation with Los Angeles Rabbi David Wolpe livestreamed on Instagram Thursday night, Jackson expressed regret for his comment that the Rothschild family “owns all the banks,” the Forward reported.

“Even with the Rothschilds, I hate saying that,” Jackson said, “because that’s the same type of stereotype as, when you see a black person, [saying] he’s a gangsta.”

Jackson found himself embroiled in controversy earlier this week after coming to the defense of NFL player DeSean Jackson (no relation), who created an uproar of his own after posting a number of tweets over the weekend that “white Jews” work to “blackmail” and “extort” America and that Adolf Hitler “was right.”

Stephen Jackson wrote on Instagram that DeSean Jackson was “speaking the truth.” Then, in an Instagram video discussion with a user whose handle is @kosherwhitewine, Stephen Jackson brought up the Rothschild family, a prominent fixture of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories positing Jewish domination of international finance.

“Do you know who the Rothschilds are? They control all the banks, they own all the banks,” Jackson said.

Wolpe told Jackson that Jews remain highly sensitive to references to Hitler and anti-Semitic notions of financial control, saying Jews sometimes react to such comments with hurt and fear.

“I understand the hurt,” Jackson replied. “That’s why I was comfortable initiating an apology. Your hurt and our hurt is no different.”

Wolpe also broached the topic of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who Jackson has quoted online. But Jackson declined to address Farrakhan directly.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Black racism vs Jews = ‘Frum’ racism vs Blacks. Both on the same level.
    Liberal, secular, educated Jews fight against such bigotry and don’t harbor the old prejudices.

  2. This garbage that Jews control the banks, and the newspapers has been disproved time and time again. In fact, very few Jews are employed in banking. These nitwits read some conspiracy theories on the internet, and assume that it is correct (i.e. that the Mossad was behind 9/11). This Rabbi should have impressed upon that individual, that what he was tweeting was factually false.

    • Yes, it’s reminiscent of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Henry Ford ym”s used to give out that book to all the dignitaries he would meet.

  3. Jew hatred is allowed on the left especially if you are a minority. This is why Democrats elect Jew haters and the rest of the party supports and defends Jew haters.

  4. So saying all lives matter which they do gets one fired but spewing Jew hatred nothing happens.

  5. The irony is that Jews became involved in banking because they couldn’t own land or join the guilds. Kings and nobles needed funds for decadent luxuries and stupid wars but Christians were still not lending on interest (this changed).. Basically, what you leave the Jews with is what they excel at. Even so, the largest banks like Softbank, Royal Bank of Scotland, etc. are either backed by a government or publicly traded. Private banks that have substantial Jewish ownership are minuscule by comparison.

    Once other professions opened up, Jews were no more involved in banking than they were in any other business.

  6. Can we educate all Black about Hitler for once and for all. Those who claim Hitler was right need to know this:
    In the 1930’s Munich, Germany Olympics, a man by the name of Jesse Owens won a gold medal. Hitler refused to shake his hand, or even acknowledge him….why? Jess Owens was a Black man. He, in Hitlers language was an “untermench”-subhuman. Hitler hated blacks, jews, gays, lesbians, gypsies, and more. The Blacks who claim Hitler was right….its laughable to say this….but do the Blacks agree that they too should have been gassed.is that what they are saying?

  7. AmericanYid, stop with your lies and hatred of frum Jews. Frum Jews dont run around spewing vitriol to the media against blacks, but blacks do against us. Frum Jews dont go on hate sprees killing Jews, but blacks did. Blacks are 100x more racist than frum Jews. I have personally witnessed racism by a black cop against Jewish victims while letting the black criminals walk away scot-free. I have personally experienced verbal abuse by blacks. Most of the time if a frum Jew has something derogatory to say regarding blacks it’s a direct result of their criminal actions while black racism stems from jealousy against Jews and it’s much deeper, hateful and sinister than when a frum Jew expresses his revulsion against certain criminal actions by blacks. So stop with your lies and comparisons because it’s not comparable.

  8. Wolpe treats Jackson (deservedly) like a slow child; “Jews remain highly sensitive to references to Hitler and anti-Semitic notions of financial control, saying Jews sometimes react to such comments with hurt and fear”, basically saying that Jews are sensitive & not addressing that Jackson’s statements were childish and untrue.

  9. liberal secular educated are gentiles not jews!! jews believe in almighty G-d and his holy torah!! I’m ‘frum’ and NEVER harbored ANY racism against blacks! I have been the victim of plenty of antisemitism directed at me by blacks!! I also have MANY black friends. Your elitist highbrow arrogance just reveals your ignorance!!

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