Samuel L. Jackson: Vote Your Race

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Back in 1980, an advertising magnate named Ted Stepien purchased the abysmal Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team. Stepien thought he had a formula for success. White fans, he said, like to watch white players. Because the Cavaliers’ stadium was then located between Cleveland and Akron, a demographical area that is predominately white, Stepien felt fans would come if the players looked like them.

Stepien employed the Samuel L. Jackson formula. He stacked the team with white players for the white fans. Stepien made a series of bad player trades that hurt the team’s competitiveness for years. The team played even worse than before. Embarrassingly, the league eventually instituted the “Stepien rule,” forbidding any team from trading its first-round pick in consecutive years. The team also drew even fewer fans. White fans, Stepien learned, did not enjoy watching white players lose anymore than watching black ones lose.

Confused? According to the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., a black president is a problem — for black people: “A white president, frankly, could be pushed a great deal more than we would push President Obama because nobody would accuse him or her of having partiality toward African-Americans. So it’s a tough spot. It also means we still have a long way to go in terms of race relations in this country, and the President has, I think, moved through these troubled waters about as well as any African-American could, becoming the first black president.”

Cleaver says black lawmakers make fewer demands of the Obama administration than they would have under a McCain presidency. To follow Cleaver’s logic, blacks should have voted for McCain because he would not be labeled as preferring blacks — unlike the way a black president would be so labeled.

To sum up, Rep. Cleaver tell us that he expects a black president to do less for blacks than would a white president. And actor Jackson tells us that he votes for blacks just because they are black. This might explain why moviegoers stayed away Jackson’s recent movie, “Snakes on a Plane.”

Why, how could people decide whether to see the film — without knowing the race of the snakes?

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  • Bamaguje

    We get it.
    Blacks otta' grow up above race baiting.
    I'm thoroughly disappointed in SL Jackson – whom I hitherto respected – to have made such idiotic statement.
    But please stop this nonsensical political correctness…
    If by N-word you mean Niggger please say so!!

  • Debby

    Samuel L. must have snorted some coke under the table with David Cross at the White HOuse Correspondants dinner before saying this crap!

  • Robert

    This man is just pitiful, how can anyone be so stupid. I always enjoyed Jackson's movies, but no more, he's fallen to the ranks of Sean Penn. Any entertainer that gets involved in politics does so at their own risk, just ask the Dixie Chic's.

  • TG

    I’ve always been under the impression the he doesn’t really have to act, angry black man is just who he is.

  • http://www.okcteaparty.org DMW

    From SLJ's bio on Wikipedia: "In 1969, Jackson and several other students held members of the Morehouse College board of trustees (including a nearby Martin Luther King, Sr.) hostage on the campus, demanding reform in the school's curriculum and governance.[13] The college eventually agreed to change its policy, but Jackson was charged with and eventually convicted of unlawful confinement, a second-degree felony.[14] Jackson was then suspended for two years for his criminal record and his actions (although he would later return to the college to earn his Bachelor of Arts in Drama in 1972).[15]

    "I would like to think because of the things I did, my daughter can do the things that she does. She barely has a recognition that she's black."
    —Jackson reflecting on his actions during the Civil Rights Movement.[6]

    While he was expelled, Jackson was employed as a social worker in Los Angeles.[16] Jackson decided to return to Atlanta, where he met with Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown, and others active in the Black Power movement."

    Bet ya'll didn't know the above (unless you maybe watched his bio on The Biography Channel).

    • Fred Dawes

      great history thank you

  • Questions

    You can always trust a black to be black. Even the "good" ones, like Samuel L. Jackson, place racial loyalty above all other considerations. It's time naive Tea Partiers and others on the Right woke up to reality. I actually admire Jackson's work — he's had some classic roles — but his remarks, sadly, were all too…black.

    • Fred Dawes

      you are dead right blacks are fools and many hate so much its a joke.

  • Dennis X

    Talk about playing the race card, this is the second time in one week this site has posted the same topic. I think the picture of Mr. Jackson is even the same.

    • Fred Dawes

      all in the game of total fools

    • http://LechDharma.blogspot.com Lech Dharma

      Obviously, "some things bear repeating"…..especially if they point out an ongoing problem. If you are in the public eye, as a Hollywood celebrity is, then it behooves you to either keep your mouth shut or suffer the consequences. I can no longer watch Danny Glover films, Sean Penn films (except for Fast Times at Ridgement High and Bad Boys), Matt Damon films, Will Smith films, Susan Sarandon films, Alec Baldwin films, etc….without ALSO thinking about the bone-head political (or racist) statements they have made in public.

  • http://www.bollardshq.co.uk Bollards

    Vote your race is an odd concept but not that surprising. Human nature suggests that many (many more than we'd probably give credit for) simply vote for people with whom they feel a sense of kinship or familiarity. So I'd say it was more a case of vote for who you like.

    • Fred Dawes

      you are right the leftwing people hate facts.

  • Kendrick1

    Well, the blacks won't have much longer to put up with whites, according to Pat Buchanan! I wonder what the U.S. will be like, then! Does the 2008 Time/World give us a hint?
    http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,171

    • Fred Dawes

      the next RACE WAR WILL BE THE Blacks and hispanics killing each other my money is on the hispanicsBUT In 100 years the yellow people will be running this so call nation state but it will look like hell on earth and that will be justice. basically we have debased this nation and have only hell coming. is that a good Hint?

  • maria

    While name someone "racist" imply that that person is white. By politcorrectness racism is only applicable to white. So untrue. The more racists are black people. Look whom they voted for in 2008? For person who happened to be born with black skin. It does not matter for them that he was brought up and took care by white mom, grandmother and grandfather. It was only color matter for black people. Yes, there is serious problem with racism in this country and black people are real racists. It is bare true. Leftists and controlled by them Media ignore it and redirect that problem to white. It will hurt them as all of us but they think that they will be exeption.

    • Fred Dawes

      one of the main reasons blacks now have total Right is the white guys who died for the black right from 1775 to 1945 and 500,000 in the civil war 1861-1865 and the whites who died in the civil rights fight from 1880 to 1965.

      • Dennis X

        How about the 10 to 20,000,000 Black Slaves that died in mid passage. Or those who were lynched, murdered, raped or sold away from their famlies. The civil war was fought to maintain the union. How about I kick your ass every day for 400 years and one day I stop, would you love me then. We hate you because of what you have done to us, you hate us because you feel superior us. We have fought and died in all of YOUR wars for NOTHING!! As the jews say, " never again"

        • BLJ

          How about the blacks in Africa who sold their own people to slavery and still do to this day? How about the cradle to grave government dependence addiction for far too many blacks in America? How about the Democratic Party keeping these people dependent like drug dealers do junkies?

          • Dennis X

            I live in the usa and have never been to Africa, nor have I ever been dependent of any government program. I have always voted democratic. Entitlement programs ( ie welfare , food stamps) are not race based, in fact more white people are on these programs than Black People. ( granted Black People make up a higher percetage than whiteson these programs, but white numbers are greater) So wipe out these programs and you impact more white than Black People. Wouldn't bother me at all.

          • BLJ

            It would bother you because than your corrupt Democrats would lose a huge voting bloc. You should vote Republican since they were the party that freed the slaves. Your Dems were the party of Jim Crow.

            More blacks should be educated on the real Democratic Party instead of acting like a bunch of lemmings. You seem like a smart guy Dennis. Come join the team.

          • Dennis X

            Part of your history is correct, however in the 60's when the dixecrats were challenge within the party they fled to the repubican party. Raygun was one of the most racist presidents of all time " he felt uncomfortable around Black People) yet to your elk he was the second comming. The perpective of Black People on this site is based on sterotypes, you people have no clue other than what you see on fax news. No thanks.

          • Western Canadian

            *Part of your history is correct, however in the 60′s when the dixecrats were challenge within the party they fled to the repubican party.*

            That never happened. That you are ignorant enough to think so, explains why you are a racist.

            *Raygun was one of the most racist presidents of all time ” he felt uncomfortable around Black People)*

            A pathetic lie, from a black racist. RR was colour blind when it came to people, and took black team mates into his family home, with the complete support of his parents. You are really sickening in your hatred and ignorance.

            *yet to your elk * I don’t happen to have an elk, or a deer, or a moose. The word is ‘ilk’. Not very well educated at all, are you?

            *he was the second comming. The perpective of Black People on this site is based on sterotypes, you people have no clue other than what you see on fax news. No thanks.*

            Your perspective of whites, RR, and everything else is seen through your hate coloured glasses. You are utterly ignorant, and totally pathetic.

        • Western Canadian

          That 10 to 20 million figure is utter garbage. And if you wish to point figures for american involvement in the sickening and degrading slave trade…. why not point to the real criminals.. the africans who sold rival tribes into slavery, and the arab muslims who run, and still run to this day, slave trade in blacks….

    • Dennis X

      Thank you for speaking for all Black People, not!!!!!!!!!!!! Since at least the 60's Black People have voted the vast majority democratic and the President was the partys choice. He could have been white and I would have voted for him over mclain. Funny after four years of only white males you consider it racist for Black People to vote for a Black candidate. Are the majority of mormons that will vote for rommey racist?

      • BLJ

        You remind of a black guy I once knew that talked all day about Malcolm X. One day I corrected him on something (I was right) and we found out that a honky could actually know about the man than a brother.
        This guy couldn't wrap his head around this.

        I don't think it is racist for a black person to vote for Obama. I actually expected it. What is sad is if they actually looked at who he really is and what he really stands for they would realize their mistake. Obama could care less about the average black person anymore than he cares about the average white person.

        • Dennis X

          Larry Elder is black and he couldn't buy my vote.

          • Western Canadian

            Elder is an honourable man, and wouldn’t stoop to buying votes. And you wouldn’t vote for an honourable man in the first place.

  • mrbean

    Yassah! Dis beez dah rant aginst dah honkey crackas dat wants dah GOP butts Ah votes fuh Prez Obama who beez dah Black Massiah in dah obal awfice. Ah beez Buckwheat and dis beez a video uf muh sista who beez campainin' fuh Prez Obama. Yassah! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZROHWvbLS6Q

    • Fred Dawes

      You are great

    • Ghostwriter

      Yuck! More "Amos n' Andy" garbage! Your remarks are as bad as Samuel L. Jackson's. Only more stupid.
      As for Fred Dawes,what world is he living in?

    • Ghostwriter

      Yuck! More "Amos n' Andy" garbage! Your remarks are as bad as Samuel L. Jackson's. Only more stupid. As for Fred Dawes,what world is he living in?

      • mrbean

        You are repeating yourself. Perhaps early dementia? Or maybe as Bill Vosby says; "The boy is brain damaged."

        • Ghostwriter

          No,that's not it. I'm having problems with the commenting system.

  • Fred Dawes

    Ok i will vote all white!!!!!! FU SAMUEL

    • Dennis X

      You always have!

  • BLJ

    Jackson needs to take a Royale w/chesse and stick it where the sun don't shine. This guy is just another clueless dope from Hollywood who is too big for his britches. He is too stupid to understand how stupid he sounds.

    Typical Obama supporter. Fits the profile of being dumb as a box of rocks.

  • Jane Millar

    This is So Wrong and Racist! America Needs to get Rid of RACISM because We Are The Melting Pot of the World! I am Praying for The Souls of America that They Turn Their Hearts To be Right With GOD! Time Is So SHORT! Revelation 13: 15-18! The Time IS AT HAND!

    With being married with a Puerto Rican and Black Man who Is Wonderful since 1997! Where would THIS Put US? We are Supporting and Voting for Rick Santorum! At Least he is Honest, Consistent and Has an Excellent Character!

    Peace Be Unto You All and God Bless! Jane.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Considering Obama is only half black, did Jackson split his vote, no, he voted for whitey also, what is
    wrong with Jackson, half his vote went to a red neck cracker, honkey or something like that. I get
    Jackson and what he is saying is that for him it is a one way world……………………………William

  • http://LechDharma.blogspot.com Lech Dharma

    Which Party—and political ideology—seems to be the most obsessed with "race"? To me, if you continually view the world in terms of race—and make decisions based on that viewpoint—you are a racist. Rise above it—or stay mired in it. Become color blind, and make judgments about someone based upon their values and moral character; and, in the case of politicians and other public figures, based upon their political viewpoint.

    I am caucasian, and most of my ancestors came to America from northern and central Europe—within the last 100 or so years. As far as I know, NONE of my ancestors EVER owned (or could afford) any African slaves—and they had probably been conquered by—and assimilated into—OTHER caucasian tribes several times during the European nation building centuries. So, when an angry, racist, black man looks at me as a "cracker" or as "the white man" who has oppressed "him" and "his people", I take a little offense.

  • Sound&Fury

    I loved SLJ in Pulp Fiction because he played the role of a ghetto black so well, but I'm disappointed to realize that he wasn't acting after all.