Actor Samuel L. Jackson agrees with his friend Morgan Freeman, saying, the Tea Party is racist.
Jackson told New York Magazine Tuesday that he agreed with Freeman’s fiery remarks that the Tea Party was targeting President Obama because of the color of his skin.
During an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, actor Morgan Freeman said that Tea Partiers control the GOP and want to do whatever they can “to get this black man out of here. It is a racist thing.”
Jackson couldn’t agree more with that assessment.
“It’s pretty obvious what they are,” Samuel L. Jackson told the magazine. “The division of the country is not about the government having too much power. I think everything right now is geared toward getting that guy out of office, whatever that means…It all boils down to pretty much to race. It is a shame.”
Jackson, who campaigned for Obama in 2008, also weighed in on a controversial story about presidential candidate Rick Perry and the use of the N-word.
The Texas governor has come under the microscope after a report in The Washington Post detailed a West Texas hunting camp Perry leased that was known as “N*ggerhead,” a phrase that was painted on a rock at the property’s entrance.
Jackson said he wasn’t shocked.
“I grew up in the segregated South, nothing surprised me.”
When asked if he thought it would tarnish Perry’s campaign, Jackson said, “No! Are you serious? He’s a Republican and this is America. He’ll actually gain respect from a lot of people that he didn’t have respect from before.”