Will Smith discussed his experiences with Philadelphia police in an interview with Angela Rye.
The past few months have sparked an ongoing conversation about race and policing in America. Will Smith recently joined Angela Rye’s On One With Angela Rye podcast to discuss his experience.
“I grew up under Mayor Rizzo,” Smith said. “He went from the chief of police to becoming the mayor and he had an iron hand…I’ve been called n—-r by the cops in Philly on more than 10 occasions, right? I got stopped frequently. So, I understand what it’s like to be in those circumstances with the police, to feel like you’ve been occupied. It’s an occupying force.”
Smith spoke on his experiences attending a Catholic school in suburban Philadelphia. More specifically, the relationship his white classmates had to the police force.
“White kids were happy when the cops showed up, and my heart always started pounding,” he said. “There’s a part of this that people who don’t grow up in that you just can’t comprehend. You just can’t comprehend what it feels like to feel like you live in an occupied territory.”