ADL: Reggie Bush’s Ferguson-Palestine Comparison Demonstrates “Severe Lack of Understanding” of Both Issues

New York, NY, November 26, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said an Instagram post by Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush equating the situation in Ferguson with the Palestinian people, “demonstrates a severe lack of understanding of both issues.”

Bush posted a photo on his account yesterday of a man holding up a sign which read, “The Palestinian people know what mean to be shot while unarmed because of your ethnicity #Ferguson #Justice.” Bush’s comments, which were published along with the photo, included, “No matter who you are, what color skin you have, where you live, we are all in this together! This isn’t a Ferguson problem it’s a global problem. We need change NOW! What happened to humanity? #JusticeForMikeBrown.”

“Racially motivated violence is never acceptable,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is not based on race, it is a political dispute based on claims to land, and by conflating the death of Michael Brown with the conflict in the Middle East, Reggie Bush demonstrates a severe lack of understanding of both issues. He should stick to football.”

ADL has recently documented a number of groups and individuals who have tried to equate the events in Ferguson with the situation in the Gaza Strip.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of antisemitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.