Jada Pinkett-Smith opens up about being biased towards white women in her latest episode of RedTableTalk.
Pinkett-Smith’s hit Facebook show continues to highlight important issues regarding relationships, friendships and self-reflection. On the last episode, which premiered on Nov. 12, the actress revealed how she used to be “triggered” by white women with blonde hair. “Blonde hair on white women just triggers me,” said Pinkett-Smith. When questioned about the root of the issue, the “Girls Trip” star said it was from her upbringing.⠀
“Absolutely,” Jada replied. “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.’”
While she felt just in her discrimination, she sees the error in her old ways. “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.”
To continue the conversation, Pinkett-Smith welcomed Red Table Talk producer, Annie Price to the table to discuss her experiences with talking about race. “Any time I want to have a conversation [about race] I’m afraid I’m going to offend somebody just by starting to talk,” Price said. “I feel like I’m going to say the wrong thing.” This prompted Pinkett-Smith to advise white women and Black women to start a dialogue about race relations.
“[There is] something unique about why black women and white women have such a difficult time [talking to each other],” Jada continued. “We, even as black women, have to be willing to look at our biases that keep us from being able to bridge the gap.”