Muslim Americans are the new black kids in America: Samuel L Jackson

Dubai, Dec 18 (IANS) Actor Samuel L. Jackson feels Muslim Americans are the “new black kids” in US. He says people perceive them as a threat before even saying hello.

The actor, who received the Lifetime Achievement honour at the Dubai International Film Festival recently, spoke about diversity in the film industry and in modern-day America, reports hollywoodreporter.com.

“Muslims are getting arrested like black kids get arrested; Muslim Americans are the new black kids in America. Suspect as we are for the dominant culture, people don’t understand them. People perceive them as a threat before even saying hello,” said Jackson.

He added: “But the Muslim community is present in our country. They are a vital part of our country and, interestingly enough, they have less crime, more education and their businesses thrive more so than any other group in the country. You tell people in the Rust Belt that, and they’re like, ‘Get out of here’.”

He also commented on the awards season talk, by saying that “this time of year in Hollywood, is an interesting time of year”.

“This year seems to be a bit different from the #OscarsSoWhite of last year. All of these films have people of colour in them. They are impactful and moving films,” the “Pulp Fiction” star added.

–IANS

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