Will Smith is speaking candidly about the racism he’s experienced.
“I’ve been called [N-word] to my face probably five or six times. And fortunately for my psyche, I’ve never been called [N-word] by a smart person, I had never looked into the eyes of a racist and saw anything that I perceived as intellect.”
Smith started seeing the ideas of systemic racism.
“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 fibers of our country.”