James Earl Jones Says He ‘Figured Out’ the Tea Party Because He Understands Racism
Jones says that he is a bit of a political junkie, and watches and reads political news whenever he can, especially on MSNBC. “Can’t get enough of it,” he said. “I even venture into the right-wing talk shows sometimes.”
He says he even watches Fox because it’s just as important to know why people are wrong as it is to know why they’re right.
“Knowledge is all over the place”, Jones said, offering his own thoughts on the Tea Party:
I think I figured out the Tea Party. I think I… I do understand racism, because I was taught to be one, by my grandmother. My grandmother was part Cherokee, Choctaw Indian, part black. She hated everybody. She taught all of her children and grandchildren to be racist, to hate white people, and to distrust black people.
His grandmother’s racism ultimately taught him how to come to his own conclusions, and Jones has spent his life denouncing the racism that his grandmother espoused.
Jones didn’t go so far as to say whether he felt the Tea Party was born of racism or whether race is just embedded in the rhetoric. He would only say “knowledge is everywhere.”
James Earl Jones is best known for his silky smooth voice. He is the voice of CNN and was the voice of Darth Vader, and The Lion King’s Mufasa.
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