– EN Showbiz – Jada Pinkett Smith has praised Anne Hathaway for being “an ally” to women of colour in the fight for equality.
The 47-year-old discussed the gap between black women and white women in honour of Black History Month in the latest episode of her Red Table Talk series on Facebook.
Joined by her mother Adrienne Banfield Norris and daughter Willow Smith, as well as guests black activist Rachel Cargle, actress Justina Machado and white writer Amie Newman, Jada argued that Anne, 36, is fighting against white privilege to help people of colour, and should be recognised for her actions.
“As women of colour we really have to recognise when white women come in to help, that we make room for it,’ she said. “Because there’s been a couple of times, like with Anne Hathaway…”
She was interrupted by her daughter Willow, who blurted, “It is trust issues!”
“But at some point, when are we as black women going to be able to recognise an ally?” Jada continued.
The Oscar-winning actress sparked debate last year (18) when she reacted furiously to the murder of black teenager Nia Wilson, who was stabbed to death by a white man.
“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” Anne raged in a fiery Instagram post at the time. “White people DO NOT have equivalence for this fear of violence.
“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?” the mother-of-one added.