Legendary actor Samuel L. Jackson has two words for Ben Carson in response to his comment that slaves were “immigrants” in a recent speech.
On his verified Twitter account, Jackson — famous for his roles in cult classics like Pulp Fiction, Jurassic Park, 1408, and Snakes on a Plane — said he “can’t” with Carson’s recent speech in which he likened slaves being transported overseas in brutal conditions to immigrants coming to America to make their dreams come true. He also included a vague Uncle Tom reference in his tweet.
“MUTHAFUKKA PLEASE!!!” he added.
OK!! Ben Carson….I can't! Immigrants ? In the bottom of SLAVE SHIPS??!! MUTHAFUKKA PLEASE!!!#dickheadedtom
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) March 6, 2017
The newly confirmed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development dropped jaws on Monday in a speech to employees of his agency. Secretary Carson is apparently unaware that one in five slaves on board slave ships died due to the harsh and brutal conditions on board. The UK’s International Slavery Museum described slave ships as “appalling,” with slaves confined to dehumanizing and unsanitary conditions for months at a time:
Conditions on board ship during the Middle Passage were appalling. The men were packed together below deck and were secured by leg irons. The space was so cramped they were forced to crouch or lie down. Women and children were kept in separate quarters, sometimes on deck, allowing them limited freedom of movement, but this also exposed them to violence and sexual abuse from the crew.
The air in the hold was foul and putrid. Seasickness was common and the heat was oppressive. The lack of sanitation and suffocating conditions meant there was a constant threat of disease. Epidemics of fever, dysentery (the ‘flux’) and smallpox were frequent. Captives endured these conditions for about two months, sometimes longer.
Watch the video of Carson making his remarks whitewashing slavery below:
Ben Carson just referred to *slaves* as "immigrants"
"There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships…" pic.twitter.com/WkFrm3dYCB
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) March 6, 2017
As of this writing, Samuel L. Jackson’s tweet is still on his account.
Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.