A True Hollywood Star: How Samuel L. Jackson is Attempting to Lead His Peers Down a Revolutionary Road

I can hear my neighbor cryin’ ‘I can’t breathe’

Now I’m in the struggle and I can’t leave.

Callin’ out the violence of the racist police.

We ain’t gonna stop, till people are free.

We ain’t gonna stop, till people are free.

Considering that at each and every cinematic or music awards show some Hollywood leading man or starlet begins their acceptance speech by thanking God in some form or fashion for this or that, I think that it is a relatively safe bet that they have been raised, or occasionally visited, a church. So I find it peculiar when such people display that they are little more than what I term ‘buffet believers’. Meaning they will accentuate certain scriptures, solely because it is simultaneously beneficial to their current agenda and does not impede their busy lives, and ignore others for the opposite reasons.

So I am anxiously awaiting the engagement, or the lack thereof, of Hollywood, particularly Black Hollywood, in regards to Samuel L. Jackson challenge that is implicitly being issued in the spirit of Luke 12: 48 “To whom much is given, much is required.”

Jackson specifically calls upon all Hollywood stars, regardless of race, who poured ice water upon their heads to accept his challenge of singing the ‘We ain’t gonna stop until people are free song. The lyrics to the song follow:

I can hear my neighbor cryin’ ‘I can’t breathe’

Now I’m in the struggle and I can’t leave.

Callin’ out the violence of the racist police.

We ain’t gonna stop, till people are free.

We ain’t gonna stop, till people are free.

Although Jackson issues the call to his notable contemporaries, regardless of race, I think that it will be particularly interesting to monitor the participation of Black Hollywood in this racial matter. The major question is quite simply are African-American stars bold enough to follow Samuel L. Jackson’s lead, or will they idly sit back, monitor the situation to see if it is safe to enter into always contemptuous racial waters.

As the saying goes, ‘charity begins at home’. So it is time for an adherence to Luke 12:48 and realize that they have been given much, so much is being required from them. I applaud Samuel L. Jackson for courageously stepping forward and issuing this challenge.

James Thomas Jones III

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