Jada Pinkett-Smith is continuing to be transparent on her Facebook Watch series, Red Table Talk, and in the latest episode, she touches on her own personal experiences with racism in America.
The actress recalled a moment as a young woman when she was racially profiled by two white police officers during a time of heavy riots in Virginia Beach. She explained that she was attempting to get back to her hotel when they aggressively approached her.
"I have a lot of pain and hurt attached to some of the experiences that I have had," she said. "I remember going to Virginia Beach. I was there by myself — terrified — trying to get back to my hotel. I will never forget, there were these two white officers. I was like, 'I'm just trying to get down the street so I can get to my hotel,' and they said, 'You better get your ni**er bi**h a*s off this street right now.'"
Revisiting that experience also inspired her to touch on the challenges she's since faced with white women, throughout the years, with her pointing out that they, too, know what it's like to be oppressed, themselves.
"I think 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 continued. "[White women know] what it feels [like] to be ostracized or not being treated as equal. I feel we, as women, should know better, I really do... There should be a natural understanding and familiarity of our struggle. And then to be part of creating more of a struggle for another woman, to me, is criminal."
Watch her reveal the shocking confession, below:
Red Table Talk premieres every Monday on Facebook Watch.
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