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Jamie Foxx Talks Racism, Claims He's Forced To Be 'White' For Work, Says 'As A Black Person It's Always Racial'

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Dec. 14 2012, Published 6:30 a.m. ET

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Jamie Foxx isn’t shy about sharing his views on the differences between black people and white people.

The Academy Award winning actor, who was snubbed for his performance in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained at the Golden Globe nominations on Thursday, candidly sounded off in the December/January issue of VIBE about how everything in his life is built around race, and has all the details.

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“As black folks we’re always sensitive," Foxx said. "As a black person it’s always racial. I come into this place to do a photo shoot and they got Ritz crackers and cheese -- I’ll be like, ain’t this a b*tch. Y’all didn’t know black people was coming. What’s with all this white sh*t? By the same token, if there is fried chicken and watermelon I’ll say ain’t this a b*tch? So, no matter what we do as black people it’s always gonna be that.”

Foxx, who plays a slave in the controversial film, went on to reveal that he feels he is forced to compromise who he is when working in a professional capacity.

“Every single thing in my life is built around race," he explained. "I don’t necessarily speak it because you can’t. But the minute I leave my house, I gotta put my other jacket on and say, ‘Hey, Thomas, Julian and Greg.’ And I gotta be a certain person.”

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Leonardo DiCaprio, who was part of the VIBE roundtable interview along with Kerry Washington, didn’t understand Foxx’s name references, to which VIBE clarified, “Those are white people.”

“No, some of those are black,” Foxx corrected. “But when I get home my other homies are like 'how was your day?' Well, I only had to be white for at least eight hours today, or I only had to be white for four hours. Everything we do is that.”

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Foxx said he also believes that black people and white people watch movies and react to them differently.

“Black people watch a movie different than white folks," he said. "When you watch Inglourious Basterds, Jewish people have a more quiet response. Whispers ‘I can’t believe they did that.’ When black people don’t like something it’s like: louder ‘Ay dawg, why Olivia Pope went down like that. That sh*t is f*cked up.’

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“Because there's certain things that we watch as black people that if we don’t agree with it, we not only turn off the movie but we turn off that person. When we feel like the character was compromised by the white establishment.”

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