“The Hateful Eight” star Samuel L. Jackson was in Hawaii when he learned of the horrific shooting spree in San Bernardino, Calif., and at first hoped the culprit would turn out to be “another, you know, crazy white dude,” he told the Hollywood Reporter.
Not that he wants more insane white people to commit mass shootings. Instead, he feared Islamophobic reprisals should the shooters turn out to be Muslim, he said.
“It’s like they have a legitimate reason now to look at your Muslim neighbor, friend, whatever in another way,” he said. “And they become the new young black men.”
Jackson, a Morehouse man who filmed “Cell” with John Cusack and “Barely Lethal” with Hailee Steinfeld and Jessica Alba in Atlanta in recent years, said said he “empathizes with innocent Muslim-Americans who have fallen under the veil of suspicion because a few other people who share their religion have committed atrocities against their countrymen.”
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