Will Smith says he was racially abused by police when growing up

11 Juillet, 2020, 13:28 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Will Smith says he was racially abused by police when growing up

The 51-year-old actor spoke to political commentator and activist Angela Rye on her podcast, On One With Angela Rye, about his own experiences with racism throughout his life.

"I grew up in Philadelphia".

Bad Boys for Life and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Will Smith has spoken about the racist interactions he had with police while growing up in Philadelphia. "It's an occupying force", Will recalled, adding he "got stopped frequently". I understand what it's like to be in those circumstances with the police, to be occupied.

Since Will grew up in a suburban neighbourhood and attended a Catholic school, he was able to observe firsthand the vast disparities between white folks' relationship with police versus Black folks and other people of colour.

Smith also touched upon the Black Lives Matters movement and the protests that arose following the death of George Floyd, who was killed at the hands of a police officer. The Heat won 84-78.

As for his hopes following the renewed attention on racially motivated police incidents, the After Earth star continued: "We are in a circumstance that we've never been in before". "There's a part of this is that people who don't grow up in this that you simply cannot understand. How can we help?' We've never been there before", he said.

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"Rage is justified under oppression".

"You got to be careful not to be consumed by your own rage, and that's something that I've worked really hard on", he said.

"Peaceful protests put up a mirror to the demonic imagery of your repressor". 'We see you and we hear you.

Nevertheless, Smith is hopeful the next generation will recognize the "lovelessness" and enact change in the future.

"I grew up in Philadelphia". The city celebrated the Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl LII championship with a victory parade.

'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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