Will Smith participated in a current dialogue with Angela Rye and spoke about how he was referred to as racial slurs by the police whereas rising up in Philadelphia.
“I grew up below, you understand, Mayor Rizzo. He went from the chief of police to turning into the mayor and he had an iron hand,” the 51-year-old actor stated throughout an episode of On One With Angela Rye. “I have been referred to as n—-r by the cops in Philly on greater than 10 events, proper? I acquired stopped steadily. So, I perceive what it is like, you understand, to be in these circumstances with the police, to really feel such as you’ve been occupied. It is an occupying pressure.”
The 2-time Oscar nominee additionally recalled attending a Catholic college within the suburbs and stated he understands “what the disparities are in a very attention-grabbing manner.”
“White children have been completely happy when the cops confirmed up, and my coronary heart all the time began pounding,” Smith stated. “There’s part of this that individuals who do not develop up in that you just simply cannot comprehend. You simply cannot comprehend what it feels wish to really feel such as you dwell in an occupied territory.”