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Will Smith: ‘Racism Is Rare’

Will Smith believes everyone is prejudiced, but racism itself is actually rare.

During a roundtable with The Hollywood Reporter, the 47-year-old actor was asked whether any kind of prejudice had ever affected his career.

“My wife and I were just having this conversation, and we were going to the dictionary for ‘prejudice’ versus ‘racism,'” Smith said. (RELATED: Quentin Tarantino Backtracks: ‘All Cops Are Not Murderers’)

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“Everybody is prejudiced,” Smith said. “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.” (RELATED: Report: Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith Are Getting Divorced)

Will Smith says racism is rare

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“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.” (RELATED: Jaden Smith’s Girlfriend Has A Criminal Record)