Jada Pinkett Smith stands up for women like Anne Hathaway who use their privilege to point out racial inequalities

By Ale Russian
February 19, 2019 02:38 PM
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Jada Pinkett Smith is open to women like Anne Hathaway joining the conversation on white privilege.

Her support comes during the latest episode of Pinkett’s Facebook Watch show Red Table Talk, where she and her daughter Willow Smith, 17, and mom Adrienne Banfield Norris, 64, welcomed a panel of guests to discuss the controversial topic. Pinkett Smith expressed her support for white women like Hathaway, who made headlines last summer when she called out what she perceived as white privilege.

“As women of color, we really have to recognize when white women come in to help that we make room for it. Because there’s been a couple of times, like when Anne Hathaway, or—” Pinkett Smith says before Willow cuts her off.

“It’s trust issues,” Willow says.

“It is trust issues. I get it! But at some point, where are we, as black women, going to be able to recognize an ally?” Pinkett Smith continues later.

Jada Pinkett Smith and Anne Hathaway
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Hathaway, 36, made headlines when she posted an Instagram mourning the death of Oakland teen Nia Wilson who was brutally murdered by a white man who also stabbed her sister. The Oscar winner commented on the racial politics of the killing, and called on all white people to understand their privilege in situations of violence.

“White people- including me, including you- must take into the marrow of our privileged bones the truth that ALL black people fear for their lives DAILY in America and have done so for GENERATIONS. White people DO NOT have equivalence for this fear of violence,” Hathaway wrote. “Given those givens, we must ask our (white)selves- how ‘decent’ are we really? Not in our intent, but in our actions? In our lack of action?”

Pinkett Smith supported Hathaway’s stance to her fellow panelists, who disagreed with immediately trusting a privileged white woman as an ally.

“I’m just saying, we’re asking white women to take a leap, I believe that we have to take a leap as well. And if you disappoint me, alright, that’s on you,” Pinkett Smith said.

She continued, “I’m not saying that we don’t have a right to be angry, and I’m not saying that we don’t have the right to have that lack of trust, because we do. All I’m saying is we all need each other. We have to be able to sit in a bit of vulnerability to allow for a certain kind of healing to occur. We gotta be open too.”

Red Table Talk airs Mondays on Facebook.