Will Smith recently sat down with the folks at Crooked Media’s Pod Save America podcast, where he talked about his thoughts about running for political office one day.
“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,” said the actor in the interview. “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.”
In 2015, he had told said on CBS’ Sunday Morning that he felt compelled to run for President because of Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric.
Now, the actor talked about dealing with racism and how those experiences have shaped his worldview. “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,” he said. “I grew up with the impression that racists and racism were stupid, and they were easy to get around. I just had to be smarter now while they were very dangerous. I had never looked into the eyes of a racist and saw anything that I perceived as intellect.”