On the latest edition of Facebook’s “Red Table Talk”, Jada Pinkett Smith wades into a timely discussion — one that’s certain to make some people uncomfortable — on the racial divide between women.
Joined by daughter Willow and mom Adrienne Banfield-Jones, the former “Gotham” star sees a divide between black and white women that is both “real” and “deep.”
“I remember growing up and not being able to go downtown and try on hats, different places we weren’t allowed to go in in our own neighbourhood. It still bites,” said Banfield-Jones. “I just have a lot of anger.”
“I do too. I have a lot of pain and hurt attached to some of the experiences I had as well,” responds Pinkett Smith, recalling one incident in particular, presumably during the racially charged 1989 Greekfest riots in Virginia Beach.
“I was there by myself, terrified, trying to get back to my hotel,” she recalls. “I will never forget these two white officers, they said, ‘You better get your n***** b**ch a** off this street right now.'”
However, she’s come to realize that both black and white women can find common ground when it comes to being dominated by men.
“What crushes me, especially in regards to my relationship with white women, the thing that really breaks my heart is that white women understand what it feels to be oppressed because of their sex,” she continues, “what it feels to be ostracized.”
Pinkett Smith also opens up about confronting her own biases. “I have to admit, I’m guilty to that to a certain degree because I do have my own biases, specifically to blond women,” she explains.
“Blond hair on white women just triggers me. I’ve had to catch myself.”
Asks her mother, “Do you have a specific incident with someone who had blond hair?”
“Absolutely,” declares Pinkett Smith. “All throughout my childhood. I do remember experiencing being teased by white women in regards to my hair, how I looked, feeling belittled.
“I was going to do an interview with this blond woman and I thought twice about it. I thought, I don’t know if I want to do that. That was my first instinct because of how she looked! And I was like, ‘Oh! That’s no different.’ That doesn’t give me the right to clump all blond women in one. And look at me, I got blond hair! It’s no different than you getting robbed by a black guy once and now you’re saying all black dudes are thieves and dangerous.”
You can watch the entire episode of “Red Table Talk” in the video above.