Samuel L. Jackson is probably not the first name that comes to mind when you’re seeking a solid opinion on the political process, and some of the comments he makes during an interview for the March 2012 is of Ebony demonstrate why. As told to Kevin Powell and reported to the New York Post:
On Barack Obama:
“I voted for Barack because he was black. ’Cuz that’s why other folks vote for other people — because they look like them,”
“That’s American politics, pure and simple. [Obama’s] message didn’t mean [bleep] to me. In the end, he’s a politician. I just hoped he would do some of what he said he was gonna do. I know politicians say [bleep]; they lie. ’Cuz they want to get elected.”
On Race and Politics:
“When it comes down to it, they wouldn’t have elected a n–ger. Because, what’s a n–ger? A n–ger is scary. Obama ain’t scary at all. N–gers don’t have beers at the White House. N–gers don’t let some white dude, while you in the middle of a speech, call [him] a liar. A n–ger would have stopped the meeting right there and said, ‘Who the [bleep] said that?’ I hope Obama gets scary in the next four years, ’cuz he ain’t gotta worry about getting re-elected.”
On the n-word:
“[It] became a part of my vocabulary when I was born . . . Because it was used on me in my house, often . . . I know the word [bleep] as an admonishment, an endearment, a criticism and an invective. So I use it; I don’t run from it. I don’t have an issue with it or wh.o says it. I always put it in the context of how it was used on me.”
I’m not even sure what to think…in one sense he is expressing some sentiments that many of us have felt. In another he’s a little bit out of order.
What do you think?