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On the latest episode of Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk, she opened up about her relationship with white women and being “triggered” by them in the past. Jada admitted to having biases against white women, specifically with blonde hair. She said, “Blonde hair on white women just triggers me. I’ve had to catch myself.”

Jada’s mother, Adrienne Banfield-Jones then asked if there was a particular experience that triggered these feelings. Jada replied, “Absolutely.” She went on to say, “All throughout my childhood. I do remember experiencing being teased by white women in regards to my hair, how I looked, feeling belittled.”

Jada 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.’”

The actor then said, ”That doesn’t give me the right to clump all blonde women in one. 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.”

Jada also invited Red Table Talk’s producer, Annie Price, to discuss race and privileged. Price said, “Any time I want to have a conversation [about race] I’m afraid I’m going to offend somebody just by starting to talk. I feel like I’m going to say the wrong thing.”

Jada later encouraged black and white women to start a dialogue to put an end to these biases. She added, “[There is] something unique about why black women and white women have such a difficult time [talking to each other]. We, even as black women, have to be willing to look at our biases that keep us from being able to bridge the gap.”

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