Will Smith recently sat down with a group of A-list actors including Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Ruffalo, Benicio Del Toro and Michael Caine for the The Hollywood Reporter‘s highly esteemed Actor Roundtable.
Smith, who’s upcoming film Concussion is already generating major oscar buzz, decided to explain the difference between racism and prejudice.
“My wife and I were just having this conversation, and we were going to the dictionary for “prejudice” versus “racism.” 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 [with] someone who is 5-foot-1 and white,” Smith explained. “But there is a connotation with racism of superiority: You feel 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. I don’t want to work for them. I don’t want to work at that company. And the times I have come in contact with it, you get away from those people.”
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