Actor Samuel L. Jackson lamented that Muslims have become “the new young black men” and admitted that he “really wanted” the San Bernardino terrorists to be white so as not to bring more scrutiny toward Muslims.
“When that thing happened in France, we were sitting there going, ‘Oh, my God, these terrorists!’ Mr. Jackson, 67, told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview published Sunday.
“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–. It’s here.
And it’s here in another kind of way.’ 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,” he added.
Mr. Jackson, who plays a Union Army veteran-turned-bounty hunter in Quentin Tarantino’s new film “The Hateful Eight,” said Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, his occasional golfing partner, is running on a platform of hate.
“There’s absolutely nothing I can do,” he said. “There are some other people that aren’t as open about what he’s saying that are running also, you know, that are just as crazy, that have just as much ill will toward the common man — and not just the common black man. People who don’t have a certain amount of money don’t mean anything to them.”
Perhaps not surprisingly, Mr. Jackson said he’s “forever a Democrat.”