Actor Kevin Costner has now apparently set his sights on racial healing with this weekend’s release of his starring role as a grieving widower drawn into a custody battle over his black granddaughter in Black or White. The actor was a guest on CNN to talk about race and to promote his new movie when he revealed that as a youngster growing up in Compton in the 1950’s and 60’s, he used the “n-word.” As a teen, Costner realized that it is “an ugly word,” and that he had to stop saying it.
I never said that in anger. But I look back and I realized that word, I had to put that word in my rear-view mirror. It’s an ugly word and I said so in the final speech of Black or White.
After reviewing a scene from Black or White where Costner’s character is arguing with his daughter’s grandmother over custody, CNN host Don Lemon quotes a statement made by the actor that many conservatives will agree with:
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“Anytime someone wants to shut a conversation down, you just invoke race.”
The 60-year-old actor and Academy Award-winning director added:
It’s not the only way you do it. But, you know, when you want to shut a conversation down, you also can walk away.
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h/t: The Right Scoop
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