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In this unprecedented time of social activism, there are many important voices advocating for well-overdue rights for Black individuals and all of those who have been marginalized in our society. Unfortunately, in some cases, popular figures have incorporated rhetoric into their activism that shifts the blame of racial oppression to Jews. As we know from history, these misconceptions are extremely dangerous, and the reluctance of popular media to condemn them even more so.

Zach Banner, a player for the Pittsburgh Steelers, made headlines for doing the opposite. After fellow NFL player DeSean Jackson posted a misattributed quote by Hitler blaming the Jews for global control and oppression, Banner spoke out with a message of his own. Speaking to the root of the misunderstandings that cause these conspiracy theories, Banner stressed the lessons he’d learned over the course of his own life from members of the Jewish community and the shooting at the Tree of Life building that took place during his first year in Pittsburgh. His message was full of love, preaching the value of uplifting and putting our arms around one another.

The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh is pleased to be talking with Zach Banner about his message, using his platform in such a meaningful way, and thinking about a future of activism that uplifts all groups.

Zach Banner plays offensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and has been a member of the team since 2018. He played college football at the University of Southern California and was a College Football All-American. He is the head of the B3 Foundation, which seeks to build a future generation of leaders: http://b3foundation.org/

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Holocaust Center Conversation Series: Zach Banner, Pittsburgh Steelers

Friday, Jul. 24, 2020 @ 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM


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Christina Sahovey

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