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Samuel L. Jackson Says Ben Carson Should Quit

| by Sheena Vasani

While commenting on Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson's reference to slaves as immigrants, actor Samuel L. Jackson said an apology is not enough, and that Carson should quit.

Jackson first expressed his outrage over Carson's comments on Twitter on March 6.

"OK!! Ben Carson...I can't! Immigrants ? In the bottom of SLAVE SHIPS ??!! MUTHAF*KKA PLEASE!!!" tweeted Jackson.

But Jackson wasn't finished, elaborating further at LAX on March 7.

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A TMZ reporter asked Jackson if Carson should say sorry to those he offended for his comments.

Jackson initially responded sarcastically, "The dead slaves that couldn't hear what he said or the rest of us that are still around that are descendants?"

Probed further, the upset Jackson continued, "An apology's not going to help."

"He could quit his job," Jackson then added. "And stop talking, period."

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On March 6, Carson drew widespread condemnation after many accused him of equating slaves to immigrants while addressing HUD employees, CNN reports.

"There were other immigrants who came in the bottom of slave ships, who worked even longer, even harder, for less, but they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great grandsons, great granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land," said Carson.

Carson later attempted to backtrack on his comments in a post on Facebook.

"The slave narrative and immigrant narrative are two entirely different experiences," he wrote, in contrast to immigrants who "made the choice to come to America."

But his post may have been too late -- from the ACLU to Jackson, many expressed their disgust.

Some even accused Carson of intentionally classifying slaves as immigrants to further a social and political agenda.

“It helps justify blaming African Americans for their hardships," "The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah said, reports The Huffington Post. "You can’t ignore the deficit. It’s like judging white people for bad twerking without acknowledging their a**es are historically disadvantaged.”

Carson defenders also accused critics of pursuing a political agenda, pointing out former President Barack Obama made similar comments in December 2015.

"Certainly, it wasn't easy for those of African heritage who had not come here voluntarily and yet in their own way were immigrants themselves," Obama said, the American Presidency Project reveals.

Critics called those, like Jackson, hypocrites.

"Both referred to those of African heritage as 'immigrants,'" commented one man on TMZ's article. "The difference is one is a Democrat and one is a Republican."

Sources: Samuel L. Jackson/Twitter, TMZ, The American Presidency Project, CNN, The Huffington Post / Photo credit: Samuel L. Jackson/Twitter

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