Why ‘Powergirl’ Is Wrong About Samuel Jackson

Some people aren’t particularly deep or nuanced thinkers.  I understand this, and that’s OK because it takes all types to make a world.

The problems come when such people feel the need to get upon some type of pedestal and act as if they are privy to truths the rest of us mere mortals are unable to grasp because of our mere mortalness.

I mean, imagine the state of our political discourse if people were to sudden realize that Newt Gingrich, for someone that’s supposedly really bright, often says some really asinine things?  Or Rick Santorum, who seems to have too many problems with the way OTHER people live their lives.

Understanding little things like that would go a long way toward making the world a little better place to live in because it would deprive odious people of the space to air their equally odious views.

I get that, as an adult (a fact verified by my birth certificate, not necessarily by my actions) that there are times in which it is best to be quiet. Not necessarily because I don’t have something to say, but because what I feel the need to utter is so ill-informed, so lacking in analysis and careful deliberation, that I would look significantly better if I were to just shut up.

Unfortunately, it appears that no one at Comicbookmovie.com told ‘Powergirl,’ one of their writers, that because she writes a bit of nonsense about Samuel Jackson being a racist because he has the audacity to vote for Barack Obama because he looked just like him.

By which I mean: They are both African-American.

Now, notice that nowhere in that prior sentence did I say that he didn’t vote for a white candidate because he HATED them.  That being the case, by definition HE ISN’T A RACIST because that’s defined, according to Wikipedia, as:

The belief that inherent different traits in human racial groups justify discrimination. In the modern English language, the term “racism” is used predominantly as a pejorative epithet. It is applied especially to the practice or advocacy of racial discrimination of a pernicious nature (i.e. which harms particular groups of people), and which is often justified by recourse to racial stereotyping or pseudo-science.

He never said he hated white people, or anyone else for that matter.  He just said he voted for Obama because he’s black, which is valid as a preference.  It’s not the best, most informed reason to vote for anyone, but seeing that virtually every presidential candidate since the creation of the United States has been white, it’s easy to say that white people don’t do such a thing when they are the only options that are presented.

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