Actor Samuel L. Jackson shared his thoughts on former Republican President Donald Trump, drawing parallels between Trump and the racist encounters he faced as a child growing up in Tennessee.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Jackson candidly discussed his experiences with racial prejudice, his involvement in civil rights movements and his perception of the Republican Party.
Recalling his childhood during the era of segregation, Jackson revealed he encountered racist individuals who made him feel unwelcome and hurled racial slurs at him. He equated these individuals to the image he sees in Trump and his MAGA minions, describing them as "the same rednecks" who tried to keep him in his "place."
“When I see Trump, I see the same rednecks I saw when I was growing up … [who] tried to keep me in my place. That’s what the Republican Party is to me."
"They’re doing it to young people, gay people. They don’t care who you are. If you’re not them, you’re the enemy.”
Many concurred with the actor's assessment.
Jackson also spoke about his role as an usher at civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral in 1968.
Reflecting on that time and subsequent events, Jackson noted that despite progress, the world still faces significant challenges.
He mentioned the 1968 Democratic Convention and the police brutality directed at young white demonstrators, emphasizing that those in power often oppose efforts to challenge the status quo.
“The world seems to be in as hard a place as it’s always been."
"As a child of the ’60s, watching what happened at the 1968 Democratic Convention, and seeing the police beating those demonstrators—and those were young white kids—I learned there’s a certain kind of thing that the powers that be don’t want us doing."
“One of them is protesting what they think they want us to do."
Jackson also praised the diverse faces of the George Floyd protests, highlighting the importance of fighting against injustice and resisting the system's attempt to control and limit meaningful change.
The critically acclaimed actor said:
“So when George Floyd happened, it was great to see all the different faces of kids out there fighting the injustice and what the power was doing once again to keep you from having an open mind or keep you from creating change that is not the change they want made."
“That part has not changed. In my opinion, it’s kind of worse."
"They used to hide it. Now, they don’t hide it anymore!”
Jackson's criticism of Trump is well-documented, with previous remarks about the former president's impact on environmental issues. In 2019, he accused Trump of "ruining the planet" and urged individuals to speak up against such actions.
Jackson's commitment to raising awareness and his belief in the necessity of actively challenging systems of oppression underline his dedication to social justice causes.