Red Table Talk Discusses Racism: WOC vs. White Women With Jane Elliott

'Prejudice is an emotional commitment to ignorance' the theme of the latest episode of Facebook Watch's 'Red Table Talk' discuss race relations between white and black women in America

Ambassador of the Sunken Place, Kanye West wasn’t always like the West you may be familiar with these days. The old Kanye gave us ‘Even if you in a Benz, you still a n*gga in a coup’ back in ’04 and no arguments were made. Despite the car, name or money attached no person of color is exempt from being reminded that they are the minority.

Facebook Watch’s popular series Red Table Talk dove into the topic of racism. Not one to shy away from a subject most would avoid, Jada Pinkett-Smith along with daughter Willow and mother Adrienne took it to the table.

Joining them this episode was diversity educator, Jane Elliott, famously known for her ‘blue eyes–brown eyes‘ exercise. Ready to have a seat at the table, Pinkett-Smith admits she has her own racial biases while experiencing her bouts with blatant racism.

Generational differences between Jada and mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones led to the question “Do black women have a certain level of responsibility for bridging the racial gap between women of color and white women?” Recalling her own experiences growing up with segregation and blatant racism, Banfield-Jones ‘hasn’t reached that level of consciousness’ to look at it in the same regard as her daughter. Pinkett-Smith is no stranger to the same bigotry herself. Recalling an instance at Virginia Beach she speaks on being called a ‘n*gger-b*tch’ by a white male police officer. Separating her white male and white female encounters, Pinkett-Smith draws a line in the sand between her and her mother.

‘There should be a natural understanding and familiarity to our struggle. To be part of creating more of a struggle for another woman to me is criminal” Pinkett-Smith says in deep conversation about the alignment all women should have in the face of oppression.

Appropriation, being a feminist vs. womanist, political correctness, and transparent conversations all were discussed at the table this week.

Educator, activist, and author Jane Elliott wasted no time joining the ladies at the table. “We all came from black women,” says Elliott as she runs down the history of the human race and demystifying the indoctrination of white superiority to our students.

Are we ready to face our own biases against white women and even other women of color? When is the right place and time to initiate the conversation? Who initiates? Are we prepared to play offense when it comes to race relations? As a parent or individual are you taking the time to educate yourself and your children before going off into the world? Rome wasn’t built in a day, and race relations between women humans won’t be solved tomorrow. Conversations like these at The Red Table are what push us further into a bright future, but there’s still a ways to go.

Pull up your seat to the table and join the conversation below:

The Racial Divide: Women of Color & White Women

The tough topic of race relations between women is brought to the Red Table with famed diversity educator Jane Elliott.

Posted by Red Table Talk on Thursday, November 8, 2018

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