Actor Samuel L. Jackson has pulled a Morgan Freeman claiming that the Tea Party’s opposition to President Obama is based solely on race. In an interview with New York Magazine, Jackson said:
It’s pretty obvious what they are. The division of the country is not about the government having too much power. I think everything right now is geared toward getting that guy out of office, whatever that means….It all boils down to pretty much to race. It is a shame.
No, the real shame here is that Samuel L. Jackson blindly assumes that Tea Partiers judge people by the color of their skin rather than the content of their character. The same can also be said of Morgan Freeman. If Tea Partiers are so hostile to the idea of having a black man in the White House then why is Herman Cain rising in the polls?
Allen West, the popular Florida Republican Congressman who happens to be black and happened to have won his seat last November with the support of the Tea Party, lambasted Jackson for his remarks.
Jackson’s remarks echo Freeman’s accusation of racism against the Tea Party. Freeman told Piers Morgan on CNN last month that the Tea Party’s sentiments amount to saying, “Screw the country. We’re going to do whatever we do to get this black man, we can, we’re going to do whatever we can to get this black man outta here.”
Clearly neither Jackson nor Freeman know anything about the Tea Party much less the people who comprise it. They would be wise to read my profile last year of Kevin Jackson, Reverend C.L. Bryant and Deneen Borelli, all Tea Party activists who happen to be black. This is assuming, of course, they would be open minded enough for that sort of undertaking.