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Will Smith Says He's Been Called the N-Word by Cops 'More Than 10' Times

Will Smith Says He's Been Called the N-Word by Cops 'More Than 10' Times

Will Smith is opening up about his experience as a Black man in America.

The 51-year-old actor spoke with Angela Rye as part of On One With Angela Rye on Monday (July 6).

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“I grew up in Philadelphia. I grew up under Mayor Rizzo. He went from the chief of police to becoming the mayor, and he had an iron hand,” he explained.

“I’ve been called n–r by the cops in Philly on more than 10 occasions. I got stopped frequently. So I understand what it’s like to be in those circumstances with the police,” he continued.

He also addressed the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement.

“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.”

“Rage is justified under oppression. But it also can be really dangerous. 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 went on to say.

“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 was really encouraged by how powerfully this generation was able to hold that mirror, and then the response of the world seeing and responding. I was deeply encouraged by the innate connectivity of the protesters, globally.”

This star recently appeared on CNN to debate the purpose of the Black Lives Matter movement…

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