Smith dodges racial question

Tuesday, January 9th, 2001 - 4:22 am PST

After years of self-identification as a “native American”, Smith continued to politely dodge reporters’ questions this afternoon regarding his “official” racial identity, refusing — against the advice of some of his closest social advisors — to label himself either “black” or “white”. A recent network poll found that 24% consider him to be white, 26% consider him to be black, while an overwhelming 43% majority did not understand the question.