The latest Hollywood actor to accuse the Tea Party of racism? Samuel L. Jackson.
After Morgan Freeman’s declaration last month that the “racist” Tea Party was doing “whatever it can to get this black man out of office,” Jackson weighed in on some GOP politics, where he agreed with his fellow actor’s sentiments.
“It’s pretty obvious what they are,” Jackson said in an interview with New York Magazine. “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.”
Jackson continued: “It’s not politics. It is not economics. It all boils down to pretty much to race. It is a shame.”
Asked about the recent report that Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry’s hunting camp bore the name “N—–head,” the “Pulp Fiction” legend said he hadn’t heard about it yet, but wasn’t terribly shocked.
“I grew up in the segregated South, nothing surprised me,” he said. “ That’s not surprising at all.”
Jackson also dismissed the notion that Republican candidate Herman Cain was the first to come out condemning Perry for the name.
“Well, that’s just what they’re going to do,” he said about Cain. “But it’s not going to hurt Perry’s reputation in a whole lot of places, so it’s not a big deal.”
Jackson said Perry will “be fine” because “he’s a Republican and this is America.”
“He’ll actually gain respect from a lot of people that he didn’t have respect from before. He’ll be all right,” he said.
Responding to Jackson’s remarks during an appearance on Fox News, Congressman Allen West (R-Fla.), essentially said the star needs to keep to the movies and stay out of politics.
“I think Samuel L. Jackson needs to pay more attention to the upcoming release of the movie Avengers next summer and not getting concerned with the politics and policies of a failed administration,” said West, who is a member of both the Tea Party Caucus and Congressional Black Caucus.
He blasted Jackson for using the Tea Party as a “scapegoat” and said he’s losing sight of the more issues, like the disproportionately high unemployment rate among blacks.
“Samuel L. Jackson, I guess, disregards the 16.7 percent unemployment rate in the black community, a 20 percent unemployment rate for black adult males and a 45-46 percent unemployment for black teenagers,” West said. “The racism he’s talking about is coming out of the White House and this administration.”