Will Smith Reveals He Was Racially Abused Growing Up: I’ve Been Called N**** By Cops In Philly On More Than 10 Occasions
Actor Will Smith got candid and vulnerable as he shared his experience with police brutality and racial abuse. In an interview with Angela Rye, the 51-year-old actor, who pointed out that he has two black sons, spoke on the tragic death of George Floyd.
“So it was painful to watch but I was I was deeply encouraged by the innate connectivity of the protesters globally and we’ve never been there before…We are in a circumstance that we’ve never been in before. The entire globe has stood up and said to the African American people. ‘We see you and we hear you. How can we help?’ We’ve never been there before.”
“I grew up in Philadelphia. I grew up under Mayor [Frank] Rizzo. He went from the chief of police to becoming the mayor, and he had an iron hand. I got stopped frequently. So I understand what it’s like to be in those circumstances with the police. I’ve been called n***** by the cops in Philly on more than 10 occasions”
During the passionate discussion, Will Smith says that one thing he’s been working on is not being consumed with the rage you have for the situation, and that peaceful protests are efficient in getting your point across.
“Peaceful protests put a mirror to the demonic imagery of your oppressor. And the more still you are in your peaceful protest, the more clear the mirror is for your oppressor — for the world to see and for them to see themselves.”
‘I am pledging my unending devotion to the evolution of my community and the evolution of my country, and ultimately the world, towards the greatest harmony that we’ll be able to create. I am happy to be alive during this time, and to serve.’
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