A-List actor Will Smith thinks “critical race theory” should be called “truth theory” and “defund the police” should have the word “bad” added to the Black Lives Matter slogan.
“The entire world was in lockdown, watched what happened to George Floyd, and stood up with one voice and said, We see it. We agree,” Smith told GQ. “That’s never happened before and with that the opportunities are unlike they’ve ever been.”
“I just want to encourage Black Americans to take the acknowledgment and seize upon the present global opportunities,” he explained. “I would just like us to argue less about certain things and pay attention to the big ripe fruit.”
The “certain things” he mentioned is in reference to the way polarizing topics are marketed to Americans. “So ‘Abolish the police. Defund the police.’” he remarked. “I would love if we would just say ‘Defund the bad police.’”
“It’s almost like I want, as Black Americans, for us to change our marketing for the new position we’re in. So ‘critical race theory,’ just call it ‘truth theory,’” he continued. “The pendulum is swinging in our direction beautifully.
Smith wants Black Americans to capitalize on the moment without taking away from the pain and emotion of the BLM movement.
“This is a difficult area to discuss, but I feel like the simplicity of Black Lives Matter was perfect,” the “I Am Legend” star went on. “Anybody who tries to debate Black Lives Matter looks ridiculous. So when I talk about the marketing of our ideas, Black Lives Matter was perfection.”
“From a standpoint of getting it done, Black Lives Matter gets it done. ‘Defund the police’ doesn’t get it done, no matter how good the ideas are,” he concluded.
“I’m not saying we shouldn’t defund the police. I’m saying, just don’t say that, because then people who would help you won’t.”