Samuel L. Jackson only voted for Obama… because he’s black? Well damn, Sam.
One of our favorite foul-mouthed actors is next to cover Ebony Magazine’s upcoming issue. Samuel L. Jackson was interviewed for The Hollywood Issue, and to no surprise, had very few problems holding back. The Pulp Fiction star explains:
“I voted for Barack because he was black. ’Cuz that’s why other folks vote for other people — because they look like them. That’s American politics, pure and simple. [Obama’s] message didn’t mean sh*t to me. In the end, he’s a politician. I just hoped he would do some of what he said he was gonna do.”
Well, there you have it! While it may be racist to cast a ballot strictly on the basis of skin color, it has been common practice for quite some time. One can appreciate Jackson’s honesty, but Martin Luther King, Jr. is surely rolling around in his grave at the obvious lack of progress. Dr. King so eloquently stressed judging others on the content of their character, not the color of their skin. Yet, Commander in Chief of the Unites States was selected in 2008, by at least one voter, on the same grounds that he spoke against. And as unfortunate as his statements may seem, Jackson is speaking on the behalf of many. All in all, much can be gained from both gentlemen as one represents the reality of many, while we strive to fulfill the aspirations of the other.
As the 2012 Presidential Election gains momentum, let us charge ourselves with delving into facts, as opposed to simply skimming the surface. There is far more to President Obama than just being black and the same goes for his opponent, whoever he will be…whenever the GOP can figure that out.
Be sure to pick up the March 2012 issue of Ebony Magazine to read what the newly crowned “King of Hollywood” has to say for yourself. What are your thoughts?