A difficult conversation at the Red Table
Jada Pinkett Smith and Willow Smith are two highly intelligent women, and for Friday's episode of Red Table Talk, which also airs on Juneteenth, the two are discussing racism and cancel culture.
Juneteenth, a widely recognized day for slave liberation in the United States, has yet to become a national day of remembrance. However, many celebrities including Jada and Willow took the day to talk about important issues.
Currently, in North America, there is a massive societal shift. With Black Lives Matter protests breaking out across the country, celebrities being fired for past racist remarks, and celebrities calling for government action to dismantle systemic racism, it is a time of learning and a new set of challenges.
Joined by Jada's mother, Adrienne Banfield-Jones, and civil rights activists Tamika D. Mallory and Dr. Angela Davis, the women discuss racism and cancel culture.
"That is so prevalent right now," Willow started, referencing cancel culture.
"I’m seeing people shaming others, like saying really terrible things, shaming people for what they’re choosing to say or shaming people for not really saying anything at all," she continued.
She added, "But I feel like if we really want change, shaming doesn’t lead to learning."
Mallory chimed in and agreed stating, "Cancel culture is a little dangerous. It definitely is because none of us are perfect."
Mallory continued, "It is a space that is a little difficult to maneuver because you do have to leave people room to make mistakes, to grow and to learn, but they have to show that they’re willing."
Dr. Davis added, "Not everybody has to know everything already. You know, what about the conversation?"
The episode, which airs on Facebook later this Friday, comes after Jada posted a tribute to Rayshard Brooks, who was shot dead by the police in Atlanta.