Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving and the team said they will each donate $500,000 to the Anti-Defamation League after Irving tweeted a link to a movie that features antisemitic tropes. Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said on Twitter that the organization could not “in good conscience accept” Irving’s donation.
“I am aware of the negative impact of my post towards the Jewish community and I take responsibility,” Irving said in a statement. But that wasn’t the apology NBA officials expected, and Irving has now been suspended from the team indefinitely.
Irving, who has 4.6 million Twitter followers, faced criticism after sharing Ronald Dalton Jr.’s film, “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America”. The movie asserts that Black people have been lied to about their heritage and that they are the true Israelites. It also claims that Jewish ships brought Black slaves to Jewish-owned ports in the U.S.
The film is based on a controversial book by Dalton, in which he implies that early “European Jewish” teachings established the base for anti-Black racism “even before the KKK”. It also claims that “famous, high-ranking Jews” have admitted to worshiping “Satan or Lucifer”, and that “Jewish controlled news media” is a brainwashing tool “helping Satan deceive the world.”
In an interview with More&More books in 2021, Dalton said that people of color aren’t represented in the Bible even though, he claimed, they are the Israelites.
“The white image of Christ is a European construct to deceive us,” Dalton said.
Following the Twitter backlash, Irving admitted to watching the movie and defended his post. But in his statement, he clarified his stance.
“I do not believe everything said in the documentary was true or reflects my morals and principles,” Irving said in the statement.