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In a recent interview, Will Smith didn’t hold back while talking about racism. Per Page Six, he recounts times in his life when he was called the N-word.

He said, “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.”

Will also spoke about systemic racism. He said, “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.”

As we reported, Will also recently spoke about the possibility of getting into politics. He said, “I think for now I’ll let that office get cleaned up a little bit, and then I’ll consider that at some point down the line. I absolutely have an opinion, I’m optimistic, I’m hopeful, I believe in understanding between people, and I believe in the possibility of harmony. I will certainly do my part, whether it remains artistic or, at some point, ventures into the political arena.”

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