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June 11, 2005

Samuel L. Jackson Thinks Like A Terrorist [Say Anything]

Here's an excerpt from Samuel L. Jackson's interview with Maxim Magazine (May 2005 issue) where he's talking about the political activism of his youth:

Maxim: Did you really take people hostage when you were in school?

Jackson: The board of trustees was meeting, and we wanted some things to change—like more African-American studies, student representation on the board, community representation—a lot of different things. And they didn’t want to meet with us. So we found out where they were meeting, went into the building with padlocks and chains, and locked them in until they would meet with us. And that was all cool. We talked to them for a couple of days, got involved, and they said they would give us immunity for doing what we did, because we had good cause. But the school board, unbeknownst to the board of trustees, summarily expelled us. After a year or so, I went back and graduated. And now, they have my name in concrete on campus.

Maxim: Was that the most radical thing you did?

Jackson: I can’t tell you. OK, I can hint at it—we used to steal people’s credit cards and buy guns because we expected an armed revolution to happen in America. At one point the FBI showed up at my mom’s house and told her it was time for her to get me out of Atlanta, because if I didn’t leave Atlanta I was gonna end up dead. She got me out of there.

The hostage thing I can take or leave. Were I running things I would have had them all thrown in jail. Locking people into a building is not protected free speech in my mind. The part I can't get over is where he admits to stealing people's credit card numbers to buy guns for an armed revolution!

Some of you might tell yourselves that this is just some youthful indiscretion. Some pretty freakin' serious youthful indiscretion, but probably something he's not proud of any more.

Well, given this statement from the same interview, you're wrong:


Maxim: Now that’s radical. Ever look back and wonder what you were thinking?

Jackson: No, I look back at it and think it was part of my formative years. I feel good about it because I took a stand. I feel even better because nobody got killed. I was part of something that meant something. During that time there were specific things that needed to be addressed, and I’m proud that I stood up and used my voice—and some other things—to make my feelings known. I didn’t passively stand by and watch things happen the way people do now.

Not only is Jackson not ashamed of committing credit card fraud to fund an armed revolution against the government of the United States he's actually telling us that its the sort of thing that should be happening more today.

This type of "the ends justify the means" rhetoric from the radical left is disgusting. Its no different than the anti-war protesters cheering on the Iraqi "resistance" against the troops from their own country because a victory for those murderous terrorists would bring U.S. pullout from Iraq one step closer.

In essence, Jackson and those like him are using the same kind of reasoning the terrorists are using. When some jihadist in the middle-east cuts the head off a hostage, he believes he's doing it for a "good cause." When a suicide bomber straps on some explosives and then blows up some unarmed Jewish civilians he believes he's "standing up" for something worthwhile. When a terrorist flies a jet liner into a building of unsuspecting U.S. citizens he believes he's "part of something" that means something.

If suicide bombing a public plaza brings the world one step closer to Islamic rule, why not do it? If stealing some credit card numbers to buy guns brings a college one step closer to putting some more African American courses on the curriculum, why not?

Because the ends justify the means, right?

Update:

Just to give a frame of reference, imagine how Jackson would be ostracized in Hollywood if he admitted to stealing credit cards to arm a revolution against abortion doctors.

[Cross posted at Say Anything]

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