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Kevin Costner: People Misuse Race Issue to Stop Discussion

By    |   Monday, 08 Dec 2014 08:05 PM

Actor Kevin Costner says he is interested in facts when it comes to issues of race and that people often bring up race to shut down discussion when they are losing the argument.

Costner was on Variety's "PopPolitics" on SiriusXM to discuss his current film "Black or White," which focuses on race and family.

Costner was asked about coverage of recent cases tied to race, including the grand jury decision not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown Jr. in Ferguson, Missouri.

Costner said facts are most important to him.

"If anything that was covered was a lie, I resent that. That feels as big as any crime as any committed," he said. "This officer has his rights, too, and it's really hard for us now to ever get at the truth."

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Everyone understands someone fearing for his life as Wilson maintains, but they also understand it is wrong to shoot someone who has his hands in the air surrendering, as some witnesses said Brown was doing.

"So what's the truth? I don't know anymore," Costner said. "And we have 500 people trying to tell us. … If our stories are mixed up we're not capable of cutting through the noise and getting at the truth."

Costner said that often conversations are stopped dead because if someone is losing they use race to stop the discussion.

"It trumps the point someone is trying to make, or what they are trying to talk about, and it has no place there," he said. "Race has a place in our country and a terrible one, and it is one we are still grappling with, but oftentimes we just feel we know how to talk about it and if someone feels they are losing the argument the conversation breaks up, it stops, it just comes to a shrieking halt."

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Actor Kevin Costner says he is interested in facts when it comes to issues of race and that people often bring up race to shut down discussion when they are losing the argument. Costner was on Variety's PopPolitics on SiriusXM to discuss his current film Black or White, ...
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