BANG! NEWS – Will Smith has been racially abused by police “on more than 10 occasions”.
The Bad Boys actor admitted he got stopped “frequently” by officers in Philadelphia, who used derogatory language towards him because of his skin colour.
Speaking on podcast On One With Angela Rye, he said, “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.
“I got stopped frequently. So I understand what it’s like to be in those circumstances with the police.” The 51-year-old star thinks the global Black Lives Matter protests are unprecedented and he’s pleased so many people have pledged their support to ending racism.
He said, “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.”
While Will can understand the anger many people feel about racism, he warned about the dangers of being “consumed” by rage.
He said, “Rage is justified under oppression. But it also can be really dangerous.”