Popular American actor Will Smith recently went candid on the issue of racism while hinting at venturing into politics.
The “Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air” star made the revelation on the “Pod Save America” podcast.
“I’ve been called N-word to my face probably five or six times and fortunately for my psyche, I’ve never been called the N-word by a smart person,” Smith continued. “I had never looked into the eyes of a racist and saw anything that I perceived as intellect.”
Smith who explores the 14th amendment and the definition of citizens in the new Netflix series “Amend: The Fight for America” said that as he continued to navigate his career in Hollywood, he started seeing the ideas of systemic racism.
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“But at the core of it, I noticed a difference between ignorance and evil. Now they’re twins, for sure, but ignorance can be educated and evil is a much more difficult problem. And fortunately, ignorance is more prevalent than blatant evil. So I’ve always been encouraged that the process of education and understanding could alleviate some of the more dangerous and difficult aspects of racism that have unfortunately been embedded in the very fibres of our country.” Smith said
When asked about a potential transition into politics, the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star said: “I absolutely have an opinion, I’m optimistic, I’m hopeful, I believe in understanding between people and I believe in the possibility of harmony. I will certainly do my part, whether it remains artistic or, at some point, ventures into the political arena.”.
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