It was only a few years ago that Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson literally admitted that he only voted for Barack Obama because of the man’s skin color. Marvel’s “Nick Fury” was back in the news over the weekend when he told The Hollywood Reporter that he “really wanted” the recent terror attack in San Bernardino to be committed by white people.
Jackson told the website Sunday:
“When that thing happened in France, we were sitting there going, ‘Oh, my God, these terrorists!’ And I can’t even tell you how much that day the thing that happened in San Bernardino – I was in Hawaii – how much I really wanted that to just be another, you know, crazy white dude, and not really some Muslims, because it’s like: ‘Oh, sh-t. It’s here. And it’s here in another kind of way,’” Jackson said Sunday.
“Now, OK, it happened on an Army base, and it happened somewhere else. But now? It’s like they have a legitimate reason now to look at your Muslim neighbor, friend, whatever in another way. And they become the new young black men.”
Let us now unpack the race-card schizophrenia on display by the “Hateful Eight” star.
Men of Mr. Jackson’s politics will lament “white privilege” on any day of the week, but when a terrorist attack happens they find themselves wishing for a white attacker — whose actions will be culturally washed away by … white privilege.
Jackson acknowledges that his ideological opponents will have a “legitimate reason” to analyze Islam. Likewise, his response indicates there are legitimate reasons why the culture embraced by young black men needlessly dying in, say, Chicago, should be subject to national scrutiny. Note again, however, that Mr. Jackson’s ideology prompts him to yearn for the very thing he claims to despise.
He only wants to have national conversations on race and religion in the United States when reality does not conflict with his cookie-cutter talking points.
Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife Tashfeen Malik, 27, killed 14 people and wounded 21 on Dec. 2. As their massacre unfolded, the vast majority of Americans simply prayed for the dead and wounded. They hoped the FBI would quickly find and apprehend those who were accountable — no matter what they looked like, their religious convictions and mental health.
If you have ever wondered why complex problems in the U.S. go unresolved for decades, then simply look at men (at both ends of the ideological spectrum) like Mr. Jackson.
Any evidence that makes the “team” look bad is seen as something that must be swept under the carpet or, if that is not an option, denied.
Instead of having an adult conversation about reality as it is, the Jacksons of the world dig in their heels and spout a phrase that all fans of “Mythbusters” know: “I reject your reality and substitute my own.”
To borrow another well-known saying: “This is why we can’t have nice things.”