Will Smith on “Darkness Before the Dawn”

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The debate over race relations in America is finally on the table, says Will Smith.

In the doom and gloom where many bemoan the current state of race relations in America, Will Smith points out that things are better than in the 1960s and certainly far better than the 1860s.

The Hollywood actor has a point. It is certainly true that the US has moved beyond slavery and segregation.

More importantly, folks in the land of the free and the home of the brave are finally confronting the ugly reality about the not-so-free African Americans who are summarily shot, fined and locked up for little or no reason.

As Smith puts it: “We are talking about race in this country more clearly and openly than we have almost ever in the history of this country.” He goes on to remark: “Racism is not getting worse, it is being filmed.”

An earlier edition of The World This Week in the aftermath of the Dallas shootings examined America’s dark soul that targets its black untermensch. After the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, African Americans made significant progress. However, Ronald Reagan rolled the clock back by launching the War on Drugs.

For the last three decades, America has waged class war and criminalized poverty. The country faces not only an obesity epidemic, but also incarceration fever. One in three black men is likely to go to jail once in his lifetime. The militarization of the police and the rise of the prison-industrial complex are costing the taxpayer a fortune.

After decades of deafening silence, this issue is finally on the table.

*[Note: For those who might not want to see Will Smith clowning around, the video gets interesting from the 4 minutes 30 seconds mark.]

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