Will Smith is talking candidly concerning the racism he’s skilled.
“I’ve been referred to as [N-word] to my face most likely 5 or 6 instances,” the 52-year-old actor lately stated on the “Pod Save America” podcast.
“And fortuitously for my psyche, I’ve by no means been referred to as [N-word] by a sensible individual,” Smith continued. ” … I had by no means appeared into the eyes of a racist and noticed something that I perceived as mind.”
Smith — who explores the Fourteenth Modification and the definition of “residents” within the new Netflix collection “Amend: The Struggle for America” — stated that as he continued to navigate his profession in Hollywood, he “began seeing the concepts of systemic racism.”
“However on the core of it, I seen a distinction between ignorance and evil,” Smith stated. “Now they’re twins, for certain, however ignorance might be educated and evil is a way more troublesome drawback. And fortuitously, ignorance is extra prevalent than blatant evil. So I’ve at all times been inspired that the method of schooling and understanding might alleviate among the extra harmful and troublesome features of racism which have sadly been embedded within the very fibers of our nation.”
When requested a few potential segue into politics, the “Recent Prince of Bel-Air” star stated: “I completely have an opinion, I’m optimistic, I’m hopeful, I consider in understanding between individuals and I consider in the potential of concord. I’ll definitely do my half, whether or not it stays inventive or, sooner or later, ventures into the political enviornment.”