I don’t care if you are on the left, right or in the middle. Stick to the facts. We are living in a pivotal time in history. The world is in social and economic distress and fallacious information abounds on the internet. People who have a megaphone, whether they accept it or not, have a responsibility to espouse their opinions in a truthful way.
Celebrities have been given a place in our society elevated to a level where people will take what they say as gospel. (Kim Kardashian takes a picture of herself and some women run out and get surgery on their derriere.) Some may not have asked for it, but it comes with the job, and they chose their profession.
Samuel L. Jackson recently gave an interview with the Hollywood Reporter in which he said upon hearing about the December murders in San Bernadino, he had wished the killers were white and not Muslim.
Here is an excerpt from the article I read.
“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, s**t. It’s here. And it’s here in another kind of way,’” Jackson said. “Now, okay, 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.”
In the wide-ranging interview, covering everything from his career to world affairs, the “Hateful Eight” star elaborated that for years Americans had “been kind of shielded from what the rest of the world’s been dealing with. I remember the first time I left the country — in 1980 I went to London — I knew a little bit about the Irish and the English and what was happening, and then something blew up around the corner from where I was, and I was kind of like, ‘Woah, what was that?’ And they say, ‘Oh, Irish terrorists.’ It was the first time I’d heard the word ‘terrorists.’ ‘Oh, what do you mean?’ And then I started seeing signs in the tube — ‘Don’t pick up untended packages.’ That was the first, ‘If you see something, say something.’ So I started thinking about it.”
Jackson said terrorism became America’s problem when “Bush and those guys put us in that fight. And as soon as we drew blood in that war, we became part of something that’s been going on for thousands of years. It’s like, ‘Well, you killed my cousin Akhbar,’ duh-duh-duh, and it’s like, ‘Oh, s**t.’ So we’ll never be out of it now because people hold on to grudges in that kind of way — we’re the Hatfields and the McCoys in the world. So that’s happened.”
He is entitled to his opinion, but the conclusion he draws is flawed because of basic facts. In case Mr Jackson forgot, in 1990 Iraq invaded Kuwait and the US intervened to liberate that country from occupation and to protect Saudi Arabia – two Muslim Nations. The US then pulled out of Iraq.
In 1993 the World Trade Center was bombed the first time.
In 1995 Bill Clinton intervened in Bosnia to stop the ethnic cleansing of Muslims.
In 2000 the USS Cole was bombed while sitting off the coast of Yemen.
In 2001 the World Trade Center was bombed and over 3000 people were killed.
The US was attacked 3 times for defending Muslims in the past 25 years, and we could go back in history and find countless more examples. So to suggest that “Bush and those guys put us in that fight” and that was first blood is misleading at best.
It is certainly fair to debate whether or not we should have invaded Iraq a second time and removed Saddam Hussein, but do it with facts.
He is right, the conflicts between these various ethnic and religious groups go back thousands of years. We are not going to bring together the masses and change the hearts and minds of people perpetuating un-truths.
We need honest fact based debate (all the facts) to find common ground to build on.
I don’t have anything against Samuel L Jackson, but this interview jumped out at me. It contains the kind of subtle misleading type of statements that people who are not in tune to world events easily fall for.