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Jada Pinkett Smith recalls being called the N-word by two white police officers when she was a child

Jada Pinkett Smith has opened up about her first experiences with racism, and the racial divide between women of colour and white women.

'We don't talk about it much, but it's real and it's deep,' the actress said in the pre-produced intro to Monday's episode of her show Red Table Talk.

She added: 'I have a lot of pain and hurt attached to some of the experience that I have had.'
The conversation began with the 47-year old actress, daughter Willow Smith and her mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones sitting around the Red Table set.

'I remember going to Virginia Beach. Remember when they had the riots?' Pinkett Smith asked her mother. '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 n***** b**** a** off this street right now,' she recalled.
Her 64-year old mother recalled some hurtful experiences from her own childhood.

'I remember growing up and not being able to go to downtown and try on hats and different places that we weren’t allowed to go in in our own neighbourhood,' Banfield-Jones explained. 'We couldn’t go to the bowling alley and get ice cream we couldn’t sit at the counter. It still bites.'

She also recalled a memory from her younger years while working in white corporate America.
“We couldn’t go to Tiffany and try on clothes,' she said. 'One of my bosses said to me, yeah, now you can go and try them on and steal them.'

'And I just have a lot of, probably, anger.”

The conversation eventually turned to the racial divide between women.

Pinkett Smith admitted: '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 added that white women know 'what it feels to be ostracized or not being treated as an equal.'
The ladies appeared to enlighten themselves when they talked about how their own family was harder on white women entering the family than white men.

'You see there's this huge gap between white women and black women,' said Pinkett Smith. 'Historically you would think accepting a white man into the family would be more of an issue than a white woman.'

She added: 'That's why I'm saying this runs deeper than we are even conscious of.'

Agreeing with her daughter, Bansfield-Jones added: 'There's not a lot of sense to it.'

'There's not a lot of sense to any of it, really,' Willow concurred.

'I feel we as women should know better, I really do,' Pinkett Smith chimed in. 'Because we're women, because of the struggles we have had as women. There should be a natural understanding and familiarity of our struggle.
And then to be part of creating more of a struggle for other women to me is criminal.'

Red Table Talk premiered on Facebook Watch in May 2018. An additional thirteen new episodes were ordered in June and began airing in October.
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