Ellen Pompeo spoke out about racism as she chatted to Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Norris on the latest episode of “Red Table Talk”.
Pompeo, 49, who is married to and shares three children with Chris Ivery, 51, chatted about race in today’s society, admitting of her family: “My challenge with raising brown children is, how much do you say to them? And how much do you not say to them?”
The “Grey’s Anatomy” star told the Smiths, “Don’t feel like you’ve got to tiptoe. I’m not afraid to talk about race.”
The group then proceeded to talk about whether white people actually have black friends, with Pompeo insisting it was the parents’ job to make sure their kids were aware that not everybody was of the same race.
The actress shared, “As moms and dads, we have the responsibility to expose our children to all different types of people.”
She added, “The racism is what drew me to black people,” and said that she learned compassion at a very early age after her mother died when she was just 4-years-old.
Pompeo later shared, “there is no escaping when your skin is dark.” Adding, “White people have made being black a thing.”