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Samuel L. Jackson Questions Race Issue in Hurricane Relief Chaos

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Sep 12, 2005 | 6:53am EDT

Samuel L Jackson has echoed comments made by rapper Kanye West during a live telethon last week, claiming emergency services would have acted quicker following Hurricane Katrina if the victims of the storm were white.

West shocked America last week when he accused President George W Bush of racism for not acting quicker to help stranded African-Americans in Louisiana and Mississippi.

And now Jackson has taken his lead as he promotes new movie The Man. He says, "Those people in New Orleans, the majority of them were black and that speaks to the fact that those were the people who couldn't afford to evacuate.

"They didn't have cars, they didn't have the means to get out and because the response to the emergency was so slow, it's easy to look at it and say, 'Wow, if there were white people trapped in that place, I betcha they'd gotten there sooner.'"

But Jackson hopes the fact that relief wasn't more immediate when the hurricane hit is just a huge mistake--and not a racist act.

He adds, "The hard thing to say is, 'Look, we made a mistake, we didn't do the right thing fast enough.' That's the problem right now."

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