If there is a more rancid and unfair smear of America’s veterans than the one that paints them as damaged and dangerous PTSD sufferers we should all fear, I have yet to hear it. Nevertheless, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, “Hateful Eight” star Samuel L. Jackson not only raised this grossly unfair stereotype, with no evidence to back it up, he argues that these heroes of Iraq and Afghanistan enter the police force and become dangerous cops:
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.”
He hastens to add, “Now, not every cop in the world is guilty of that — there’s good cops and there’s bad cops; there’s guys who, you know, misuse their authority, and there are guys who watch ’em do it who want to do something but they can’t because they’ve gotta be part of that blue wall.
Back in April, CNN anchor was forced to apologize for spreading this grotesque smear on the air.
Jackson also identifies as a lifelong Democrat who supports Hillary Clinton.
Because Hillary Clinton is a Democrat, she will not be asked by the DC Media to comment on this.
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