Sunday, January 3, 2016

Samuel L. Jackson Blames Police Officers and Veterans With PTSD

It is really typical for an actor to speak his or her own mind but even more typical for them to speak up about things they know nothing about. Samuel L. Jackson has done just that. First he went after Vietnam veterans.
"In the sixties or whatever, guys went to Vietnam, and they came home and people hated them; they were 'baby killers' or whatever, and a lot of them became cops 'cause that was the job — 'Oh, you have ex-military service?"
Then he blamed Veterans serving the country in the military and then as members of police officers for what happened between "white cops and black youth." You can read more of this appalling interview 'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Samuel L. Jackson ('The Hateful Eight') Hollywood Reporter, by Scott Feinberg.

Samuel L. Jackson Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Transitioning to the conflict between white cops and black youth — a subject that recently got Tarantino in hot water — he says, "In the sixties or whatever, guys went to Vietnam, and they came home and people hated them; they were 'baby killers' or whatever, and a lot of them became cops 'cause that was the job — 'Oh, you have ex-military service?

You can become one of the boys in blue.' And because they were so vilified by everybody outside, they formed this 'blue wall' that's now still a part of what that is, but now it's kids coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan, and now they've identified PTSD — but that's not one of the tests they give for people who put on the uniform.

So, consequently, you've got people out there who are used to looking at people as 'the enemy' 'cause that's what it was — people were trying to kill them every day. It was like, 'Oh, my God' — you see a guy, the guy jumps up, 'Hold it!' And young black men are threatening, you know, and it just happens. So all these things snowball and snowball."

What can we expect from someone without a single clue as to when PTSD was linked to military service or even the simple fact there are police officers with no military experience at all with PTSD? Or Firefighters? Or Emergency Responders? Or Civilians? Must be nice to get to pretend they are all sorts of things when they never have to put others ahead of themselves first. This was linked from Inquisitr