Jamie Foxx Speaks Out on Last Week’s Shootings, Reveals How He Is Fighting Gun Violence
On Sunday, “Extra's” AJ Calloway caught up with Jamie Foxx at the 2016 All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game at Petco Park in San Diego, where last week's shootings were still fresh on the Oscar winner's mind.
Last week, Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, killed five police officers and wounded 10 other officers and bystanders in Dallas, just days after Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were killed by cops. Foxx called the Texas shootings “the saddest thing in the world.” Foxx had a personal connection, commenting, “I'm from Dallas, so God bless all of those police officers that, you know, gave their lives up protecting and serving, but also, you can't help but talk about what's going on between us, you know, there's some uncomfortable conversations that we're gonna have to have about, you know, racial things and racial harmony between police officers and black folks. We've been meaning to have this conversation for 300 years.”
He reiterated, “It's so… so sad on both ends, 'cause eye for an eye leaves everybody blind, so… I think we're better than that. I think we're a whole lot better, and I think we really gotta lean on our… on our celebrities, lean on black-and-white and anything else, lean on the humanity of us, really lean on our politicians to lay the politics down for just one second and let's just try to bring everybody together, man, 'cause this ain't the world I want my kids — and I know you don't want your kids — living in.”
Jamie explained he is going to become part of the conversation to prevent violence by teaming up with another Dallas native, Mark Cuban. "I talked to Mark Cuban. We're gonna get inside, we're gonna go to Dallas and we're gonna get these families together, behind closed doors, man, and really, like, have some serious conversations.”
The 48-year-old added, “This is a moment in history that we'll look back on and we'll… we'll evaluate ourselves as men and women and as humans on this planet, because if you look at the past few weeks [at] all of the violence from Orlando to these, I mean, it's unnecessary, man… We've got a lot of work to do.”