Nick Fury Samuel L Jackson

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.

Seriously.

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.”

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

9 comments

  1. Lotta white folks who loved Samuel L Jackson really wishing he wasn’t a cartoonish racist right now. Just imagine Tom Cruise or somebody coming out after Sandy Hook or something all “Man, I really wish it had been a black guy who shot all those folks. That would be great.”

    1. “Just imagine Tom Cruise or somebody coming out after Sandy Hook or something all ‘Man, I really wish it had been a black guy who shot all those folks. That would be great.'”

      Exactly. It’s just a bizarre comment. When you’re obsessed with race, you end up saying and doing the weirdest things. He essentially admits he wishes some form of culturally-embedded racism would have white-washed (no pun intended) a white attacker…which would have then prevented white bigotry from being exacted on Muslims. This is why it’s not wise to jump down the racial rabbit hole.

  2. This was really well said.

    I hadn’t heard this saying before, but it fits well, “This is why we can’t have nice things.” I refer to it as teh stupid. If we could just convince people to engage a few more brain cells, the world would be a nicer place.

    Also, the personal is not political. “Man, I sure hope this tragedy reinforces my particular ideology,” is narcissistic at best and some downright perverse confirmation bias at worse. Trying to bend the nature of reality into what you want it to be makes me wonder if we aren’t all trying to emulate our lowest common denominator, our politicians.

    1. It’s just strange to me when certain individuals are groups are given an angelic halo and we’re told that nothing bad can ever be said about them. It would be like me denying that sometimes the military tries to cover up horrible behavior or mistakes. I’m not sure why people can’t just be honest. I don’t have any allegiance to a this group or that group, this political party or that political party — my allegiance is to the truth.

      People can question the conclusions I come to based on the evidence, but they can’t deny that I’m trying to ascertain the truth.

  3. Like I said when the attack happened: Excitement. From people that hoped that this would be the perfect white guy gun nut crime to bring ‘change’. Trust me…there are a few people that are glad that innocent people died in a church in South Carolina to bring down the confederate flag…glad.

    1. You were spot-on with that one, Chuck. Sadly, I think you’re right about Carolina as well.

      The thing that I don’t get is that if I were the type of person who was really obsessed with symbols and groups, and I felt the Confederate flag was a symbol of my group’s historical oppression, then I would appropriate the Confederate flag. Black Lives Matter supporters should take the flag and make it their own. Have all the ghosts of Dixie turning in their graves. Why let a symbol rule over you when you have the power to use it to forward your own purposes?

    2. A group with a strong identity and solid foundation could do that. Since the civil rights movement, there is no Black movement with that kind of empowerment and solidarity. For southerners…though many of them were pretty angry about the flag, most of them have long ago appropriated a symbol, the American Flag, most folks should have let that old ghost go a long time ago and claim this country as theirs.

      The civil rights movement was about the enduring dignity of every person and our duty to recognize and respect that in every human being regardless of their race. Now these movements are based on getting stuff from white people. It’s not based on empowerment or dignity, it’s based on victimization and grievance. It’s the final result of decades of identity politics and exploitation from the very people they have voted for out of fear and dependence.

  4. Frankly, if I were Jackson, I’d be more concerned about people saying to me, “Boy, that last ‘Star Wars’ movie was great. Why couldn’t you star in one that didn’t suck?”

    Do you remember after the Boston Bombing happened? So many on the Left were insistent that the Tea Party or like-minded people were responsible before anyone had the slightest idea what really happened. Once the bombers’ identities became known, oh, then it was “We can’t jump to conclusions about motivations” and so forth. It was the same garbage bag after what happened in Paris and San Bernardino–more concern for the narrative and political correctness than people’s lives. Hell, San Bernardino could’ve been prevented if the Feds had just taken five minutes to investigate Wifey’s history (including, I believe, attending a very radical mosque) and all those social media postings.

    It speaks volumes about Jackson’s character that he was more concerned about the narrative taking a hit than, y’know, people dying. Eesh, I thought it was ridiculous that Obama and his political allies spent so much time harping on gun control* in the aftermath of the attack, but Jackson’s comments remind me that there’s a whole legion of idiots out there enabling such partisan approaches. As for Jackson himself, good actor, but his comments were idiotic and brazenly offensive. It will be a long time before I waste a dime to see a movie featuring him. I have zero regard for someone who demonstrated such little regard for human life and the anguish of the dead’s loved ones. (I’m almost certain we’ll be getting a “What I meant to say…” backtrack soon… or at least in time for his next movie.)

    * Just a reminder that the latest gun control debate involved talk of stripping 2nd Amendment rights from those put on the No-Fly List. There’s a lot than can be unpacked from that aspect, but I must again say that I’m certain Obama and his political allies were disappointed to learn that Syed and his wife were apparently not on the No-Fly List. (If they were, we surely would’ve heard about it.) Kinda torpedoed the narrative, y’know? Guess Jackson’s upset about that, too.

    1. It speaks volumes about Jackson’s character that he was more concerned about the narrative taking a hit than, y’know, people dying. … Jackson’s comments remind me that there’s a whole legion of idiots out there enabling such partisan approaches.

      The thing that stinks about what he’s doing is that it basically perpetuates a negative feedback loop. Jackson exists…so people like Ann Coulter essentially do the same thing on the right. But we both know that if all the Ann Coulters of the world shut up that Jackson would continue doing his thing, which works.

      It’s like John McCain and Mitt Romney saying they wouldn’t attack Barack Obama, and then Obama’s campaign and its surrogates attacked mercilessly. One of the reasons Trump is so popular is because he refuses to let himself be a punching bag for guys like Jackson.

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