American actor and film producer has on Monday said he will consider running for a political position in the future. The 52-year-old entertainer said this when asked about his views on politics on the “Pod Save America” podcast, an American progressive political podcast hosted by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer, and Tommy Vietro.
“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,” Smith said.
“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.”
When asked his views on racism in America, the Grammy winner said “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.
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.
He continued, “Fortunately, ignorance is more prevalent than blatant evil, so I’ve always been encouraged that the process of education and understanding could alleviate some of the more dangerous and difficult aspects of racism that have unfortunately been embedded in the very fibers of our country.”