Will Smith appeared alongside several actors during The Hollywood Reporter’s Actor Roundtable and was asked about the topic of racism. He said that he and his wife Jada were just talking about the difference between “racism” and “prejudice”.
He revealed, “Everybody is prejudiced. Everybody has their life experiences that make them prefer one thing over another – it makes them prefer blond hair over a brunette; if you see somebody with dark skin walking down the street, you have a different reaction than you have someone who is 5-foot-1 and white.”
The word “racism,” he said, implies something worse: the feeling that “your race generally is superior.”
“And I have to say, I live with constant prejudice, but racism is actually rare — someone who thinks their race is superior,” Smith continued.
Smith said that, on the rare occasions when he’s encountered someone in Hollywood who’s actually racist, he’s immediately decided not to work with them. And, he said, it does happen.
A moment later, the interviewer asked if actors could do anything to fight this kind of racism. The other African-American actor on the panel, Samuel L. Jackson, answered with a simple “No.” But Smith was more optimistic about their chances.
“As actors, we have the ultimate power,” he said. “Historically, story combined with imagery moves humanity forward. What we do — not that it’s a responsibility, but it is the ultimate forum for changing people’s hearts and minds.”
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