Once again, Jada Pinkett-Smith's hit Facebook show, Red Table Talk, has delivered on some piping hot tea, and we were there to catch it in our cups.
On the most recent episode (Nov. 12), the famed actress opened up about her complicated relationship with “white women with blonde hair,” which resulted in her feeling “triggered” by them in the past.
“Blonde hair on white women just triggers me,” Jada confessed.
It's way too often we hear about Black women being teased in their youth for having dark curly hair, well according to Jada she found herself experiencing that a young age, which later led to her holding resentment for the same kind of women that would tease her.
“Absolutely,” Jada replied when asked if it stemmed from her adolescence. “All throughout my childhood. I do remember experiencing being teased by white women in regards to my hair, how I looked, feeling belittled.”
She continued: “I was going to do an interview with this blonde 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.’”
As she recapped, she admits she understands that it was not right to take her unsatisfactory experiences with bad “Beckys” and categorize all white women as the same just because of their appearance.
“That doesn’t give me the right to clump all blonde women in one,” she added. “And look at me, I got blonde 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.”
“Any time I want to have a conversation [about race] I’m afraid I’m going to offend somebody just by starting to talk,” Red Table Talk producer Annie said. “I feel like I’m going to say the wrong thing.”
Jada’s response was all too true. “[There is] something unique about why black women and white women have such a difficult time [talking to each other],” Jada said before adding, “we, even as black women, have to be willing to look at our biases that keep us from being able to bridge the gap.”
Watch the video for yourself.
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