Mega superstar rapper actor Will Smith had some profound words earlier this week when he appeared on a podcast saying, “I’ve never been called Ni **** by any smart person …”
According to People, the talented Smith appeared on the popular Save America podcast earlier this week, speaking to host Jon Favreau about racism who grew up black.
“I was probably called ni **** in the face five or six times,” he said. “Fortunately for my psyche, I’ve never been called ni **** by a smart person. So I grew up feeling that racists and racism were stupid and easy to get around. I just had to be smarter. Although they were very dangerous, I had never looked a racist in the eye and seen what I perceived to be intellect. “
Smith is currently working on his new Netflix show Amend: The Fight for America on the subject of “systemic racism” in Hollywood. The show examines the fourteenth amendment to the US Constitution.
“Basically, I noticed a difference between ignorance and evil,” said Smith. “Now they are surely twins, but ignorance can be brought up and evil is a much more difficult problem. And luckily, ignorance is more common than obvious evil. That is why I have always been encouraged that the process of education and understanding could alleviate some of the more dangerous and difficult aspects of racism that are unfortunately embedded in the fibers of our country. “
“Ignorance can be educated. Evil is a much more difficult problem. And luckily, ignorance is more common than obvious evil. “
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– Pod Save America (@PodSaveAmerica) March 1, 2021