Rapper & ‘Top Boy’ Actor Kano Calls Out Samuel L. Jackson For Downplaying Racism In The U.K. & Accusing British Blacks Of Taking Roles From American Blacks
Rapper and “Top Boy” star Kano is setting the record straight about racism across the pond.
In a recent interview, he addressed Samuel L. Jackson’s comments that Blacks in the U.K. had it easier than blacks in the U.S. Samuel L. Jackson also said that British Blacks are taking roles from American Blacks because they’re cheaper labor, even though they haven’t had the same experiences.
See Jackson’s comments starting at the 25:32 mark.
Kano first said of police brutality in the U.K.,
“Maybe that isn’t as much of a thing as what we hear about how America is. But it happens as well. There was a big thing, Mark Duggan, he got shot by the police a few years ago and people rioted, and he’s from a place called Tottenham, North London. There were riots over there and that has happened a few times over the years.”
He then addressed Jackson’s comments that sparked controversy in England.
Kano responded and said,
“Racism exists. Samuel Jackson was up here… people weren’t happy with what he was saying back home. He was like, trying to talk as if racism is not a thing in England… He spoke wrong. We weren’t happy about it. Because, what is he talking about? My mom that came over from Jamaica to England and moved to Canning Town, which is the White area, mad racist… you could not tell her there wasn’t racism. In those days… it wasn’t law… But you would go to a shop and on a sign it would have “No Blacks, no dogs and no Irish people.” That was the sign. So it was like, yeah, you couldn’t go in that place. I’m not saying it was a law. But that’s how everyone felt. So racism is there.”
He added (while stating that he’s still a fan of Jackson despite their different views),
“On top of that, he was saying that English people are taking American roles. It’s like, what are you talking about? American people have been playing everyone! African roles, Jamaican roles… f***ing up their accent and all that s*** for like mad long. What are you talking about? Because English actors are coming over here and having it off…”
See Kano’s comments at the 15:08 mark.
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