Actor Samuel L. Jackson spent his formative years growing up in a very much segregated south. In the 1950s and 1960s, Jackson was often called the “n-word” and faced other forms of cruel discrimination. The actor, in a new interview, says President Donald Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell are the exact types of men who attacked him more than 60 years ago.
Speaking to Esquire the famed A-list actor says racism in 2019 is making him even angrier than when he faced the same actions as a child and teen.
“I’m angrier now about it than I was then just because I see these guys and I know these are the same guys: Trump and all those assh*les, Mitch McConnell,” he said. “They’re the same f*cking guys. And when I hear their voices, I hear the same voices. Those twangs where they didn’t specifically call you ‘n*gger,’ they said ‘nigra.’ ‘The nigras.’”
As Donald Trump and his supporters share anxieties about being outnumbered by people of color in 2019, Jackson says that same feeling was expressed by whites in the 1950s and 1960s.
“They were worried about the chasteness of their women, and miscegenation, and not having enough of them, there being more of us than there are of them.”
You can read the full interview on Esquire.
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