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Kevin Costner Gets Candid About Race

In the media blitz for Kevin Costner’s upcoming movie Black or White, the actor is speaking openly about his thoughts on race.

During a recent interview on Variety’s PopPolitics, Costner said he hopes the movie, in which he plays a grandfather who becomes the caregiver for his biracial daughter, will spark more “complex” discussion about race:

“It gets talked about, but what I think happens is a lot of times a conversation gets stopped dead in its tracks because if somebody thinks they are losing, race comes up even if the word has no place in 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. 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.”

Um…. Okay, Kev.  You might want to re-think that last sentence, as that sounds a lot like (sigh) the old “playing the race card” buzz phrase we are all tired of hearing.  Listen to the full interview HERE.