Will Smith says he’s never met a racist person who is also smart

Mar 03, 2021 18:16


Will Smith says he's never met a racist person who is also smart https://t.co/VN1HN6eR99 pic.twitter.com/QRZ2NZNWeo
- Page Six (@PageSix) March 3, 2021
Will Smith is speaking candidly about the racism he’s experienced ( Read more... )

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therearewords March 3 2021, 17:33:25 UTC
Nah, I'm g-

Okay but no this prevents dialogue about how it's only the simple-minded the dumbos and the small people while racism happens in every layer - you can be smart (or intelligent, a discussion on words used is necessary as well) in many ways and some people just know when to keep their forked tongue behind closed doors. It also gets people viewed as smart (those in power, politicians) of the leash because no way someone smart would have such outdated ideas?

Racism stems partially from a lack of education, but definitely from egocentrism, laziness and a false sense of superiority.

The dumb part comes from not seeing how they're fighting a losing battle, and could be replaced with pigheadedness or sheer stupidness.

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ghostsaddle March 3 2021, 18:14:38 UTC
/end post

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goldie3 March 3 2021, 18:18:57 UTC
Bingo

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bossm March 3 2021, 19:03:14 UTC
Exactly

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dadeepish March 3 2021, 17:34:56 UTC
I think this is a fair point (certainly borne out by my experience!). I’ll add that I don’t know that I’ve ever met a smart person who hated poor people.

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elderpricely March 3 2021, 19:36:13 UTC
How are you defining smart?

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crystalzelda March 3 2021, 17:35:04 UTC
I have. I don't want to erase his experience but I have met many savvy, intelligent, articulate, even kind, funny people who, given the opportunity, dropped their masks and exposed the seething mass of hatred and resentment hiding behind it.

I think prejudice has nothing to do with intelligence and the idea that we are "too smart for bigotry" is some sort of elitist fantasy where educated leftists preen and imagine bigots like Taylor Swift does in You Need to Calm Down - Hillsboro Baptist Hillibillies because US and WE, the college white collar artistic bleeding hearts, would NEVER! We can and we do, tho.

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bossm March 3 2021, 19:06:14 UTC
I know someone very kind and he’s always so nice. But he said something racist. I was very hurt by it and I explained to him that you shouldn’t be saying something like that. His explanation was but everyone is saying that.

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justkeepgoin March 3 2021, 21:30:17 UTC
some of the most cutting edge fields in tech or research fields are rife with really smart people that are selfish, bigoted, and lacking in empathy.

intelligence doesn't equal empathy.

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squidlord March 4 2021, 00:02:51 UTC
I have. I don't want to erase his experience but I have met many savvy, intelligent, articulate, even kind, funny people who, given the opportunity, dropped their masks and exposed the seething mass of hatred and resentment hiding behind it.

WHEW. The GOSPEL.

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nomoneyfun March 3 2021, 17:36:23 UTC
Sigh. Like, I guess Will.

This is the kind of empty commentary on racism that I expect from a Black person who has been rich and famous most of his or her life. It's totally devoid of meaning and is ultimately about making nice white people feel good for not being (overtly) racist so they don't have to examine the covert ways in which they're racist.

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cirila March 3 2021, 17:44:30 UTC
He said some not all

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nomoneyfun March 3 2021, 17:49:35 UTC
Yep. Nice white racists who think they're smart can think their "implicit bias" is just ignorance and not a psychological benefit of being told you're better than other people because you're not *insert minority group*.

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sadmagikarp March 3 2021, 21:03:24 UTC
+1

racists aren't just dumb rednecks drinking 40s out of a paper bag

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lastinthebox March 3 2021, 17:37:34 UTC
Anyone who’s racist is therefore not smart.

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chllschse March 4 2021, 01:04:52 UTC
That what I assumed he meant. But in general we really don’t have any foolproof method of quantifying or measuring smarts or intelligence. IQ tests have been debunked and at least in the US we usually resort to peoples class, status, wealth, education, profession or job title.

I just had a conversation with one friend about a mutual friend who seems to lack common sense, reasoning and comprehension skills; she recently gave someone her credit card number over the phone who claimed that she was about to be put in jail over an unpaid bill. But she has a Masters degree. I think it’s entirely possible for someone to be very smart or knowledgeable in a very specific area that they have been focused on and dedicated a lot of time to studying but really not be that smart otherwise or overall intelligent.

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