Jada Pinkett Smith tackles racism on 'Red Table Talk': Black men are portrayed as 'the most dangerous creatures on the planet'
The June 19, 2020 episode of Facebook Watch's "Red Table Talk" was about racism. From L to R: Adrienne Banfield-Norris, Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smit and Tamika Mallory. (Screenshot: Red Table Talk)
Jada Pinkett Smith went in a new episode of the Red Table Talk with activists Dr. Angela Davis, who participated in the discussion via video chat, and Tamika Mallory against systemic racism.
The Friday episode on Facebook Watch aired on June 19, which was recognized as the end of slavery in 1865 and followed protests against the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Rayshard Brooks. The co-hosts became emotional as they discussed Floyd's last words, which were recorded in a viral video, before he died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. The episode includes video clips of Floyd lying on the floor and other graphic material.
"[Floyd's] video shows what blacks have seen over and over for generations," said Davis. "When I saw this white policeman with his hands in his pocket who casually murdered this black man, we grieve together for the fact that we have brought about no change, our own failure to stand up and say: 'Never again. Never again.'"
"... I definitely heard [Floyd] calling for his mother," Mallory added. "And when he says" mom "it hits a nerve, because for my own son when he says" mom "he calls for me. But I think of Eric Garner who said eleven times:" I can't breathe " , and people stood around and watched how it happened ... ”Garner, a black man, died in New York City in 2014 after being strangled by the police.
The panel continued to address Brooks, who was fatally shot in a Wendy's transit restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia. Former officers Garrett Rolfe and Devin Brosnan have since been charged with his death in June.
"I think one of the most painful things for me is the idea that black men are the most dangerous creatures on the planet," said Pinkett Smith. "So if he's drunk in a drive-through with Wendy, it justifies being murdered, or everyone talking about whatever George Floyd's rap sheet might have been, as if any of it had anything to do with his rights, human being to be treated. "
When Pinkett Smith asked, "Is diversity and inclusion enough?" Regarding hiring practices and white protesters, Davis replied that both concepts only work if they are "paired with justice" and "associated with transformation".
Pinkett Smith later praised the 19-year-old Willow generation for their "different mindset".
"We're not even sure I'm a boy or a girl," said Willow. "We blur the colors ... we blur the boundaries between gender ... and children grow up understanding that you can be anything you want and that you are not defined by your oppression or your gender or your color . "
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