Will Smith Weighs In On Racial Tensions

Will Smith weighs in on racial tensions.

Will Smith weighs in on racial tensions.

Will Smith Weighs In On Racial Tensions

On Thursday night, Will Smith appeared on the Tonight Show to promote his new film, Suicide Squad. While on the show, The Fresh Prince actor weighed in on his views on the ongoing racial tensions in America.

“Hearing people say that race relations are worse than they’ve ever been, it doesn’t feel like that to me,” Will Smith said, “Racism isn’t getting worse, it’s getting filmed.”

“It feels to me like what happens in marriage counseling: once everything gets out on the table, the truth, once everybody’s said everything they’ve been harboring, there’s a really dark time when you’re just looking at your partner like, ‘Oh my god, that’s what you think?'”

“But there’s a dark before the dawn. When everything gets out, it’s a good thing. It just sucks bad when the truth is out. But I think everybody can see it now. And I think it’s just a little darkness before the cleansing that we’ll have as we move forward.”

Will Smith missed the mark on a couple of points here. His comment about racism getting filmed leaves us to infer that he is referring to incidents like the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. But whether you agree with the officers’ actions in those incidents or not, there is absolutely no indication that racism was a factor in either shooting.

Alton Sterling was shot while trying to draw his gun. Despite what Black Lives Matter says, officers do not hug white people to get them to drop their weapons; they generally meet the same fate as Sterling.

Philando Castile was also shot for having a gun, but his shooting lacked the clear intent to harm officers that Sterling had. Again, we don’t need to agree whether it’s reasonable for an officer to shoot a suspected robber who is reaching around by their gun; it should still be clear to see that the officer’s motivation wasn’t based on race.

Smith also compares the racial tensions with marriage counseling. However, in marriage counseling, both sides need to agree to work together for a solution. Black Lives Matter has repeatedly said that their goal is to abolish the police, and they have no interest in even speaking with law enforcement. As long as their divisive rhetoric continues to spread, the situation will continue to deteriorate.

  • Ias

    He has a good idea on the part where he says harboring. Because when one harbors hatred, it consumes them from within. I do understand the frustration of police brutality but, its not just towards one race. But if the judicial system finds no problem, then who do you take it to? I would say the white house. Many times I’ve seen racism and not only from just one race. It’s a learned behavior/thought. Because we aren’t born to hate. What child do you know that hates a race of people when they are born and even a couple of years old? It saddens me to think that so many people harbor “taught” hate, not knowing it’s affects and the unpleasantness it brings to everyday life. How can one say they believe in a God (of any color) if they cant love everyone? Yes even criminals, cops, addicts, different races all make mistakes but, they are all loved by God. Should a whole society suffer because of ones hate for another? Does anyone else pay for their sins? I pray that God will heal our land and all of his creations.

  • Ein Vogel-frei

    He’s trying to be tactful which is fine. But the elephant sitting on his head is the targeted assassination attempts coming out of the provocative rhetoric from#BLM and OccupyWhatever, Al Sharpton and Obama.

  • Sunny

    His opinion. I disagree. BLM, Black Panthers, Obama, Oprah, Al Sharpton, to mention a few, are major racists and race baiters. They promote Police and white deaths.

  • Jack Reilly

    Another rich black guy with an opinion, is all.