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Black actress admits she is guilty of bias: ‘Blonde hair on white women just triggers me’

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Actress Jada Pinkett Smith says that she has an unfortunate bias against white women with blonde hair. (Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for The Blackhouse Foundation at Sundance 2018)

Actress Jada Pinkett Smith revealed that white women with blonde hair "trigger" her.

Uh, why?

During Monday's "Red Table Talk," which streams on Facebook, the 47-year-old entertainer discussed racism and bias in a segment titled, "The Racial Divide: Women of Color & White Women."

In a discussion that featured her 17-year-old daughter, Willow, Pinkett Smith said that the biggest thing that breaks her heart with regard to her relationship with white women "is that white women understand what it feels to be oppressed."

"Because of their sex," Pinkett Smith added. "What it feels like to be ostracized or not being treated as an equal."

Despite sharing that kinship, Pinkett Smith said that she is biased — particularly against blonde-haired white women.

"I have to admit I'm guilty to that to a certain degree, because I do have my own biases — specifically to blonde women," Pinkett Smith admitted. "Blonde hair on white women just triggers me. I've had to catch myself."

Pinkett Smith's mother, Adrienne Banfield-Jones, was also in attendance during the discussion, and questioned her daughter over the revelation.

"Do you have a specific incident with someone who had blonde hair?" Banfield-Jones asked.

Pinkett Smith said that she did "all throughout [her] childhood."

"I do remember experiencing being teased by white women in regards to my hair, how I looked, feeling belittled," Pinkett Smith explained. "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," Pinkett Smith said, "was my first instinct because of how she looked. And I was like 'Oh! That's no different. That doesn't give me the right to clump all blonde women in one.'"

Gesturing to herself, Pinkett Smith said, "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."

Later in the segment, Pinkett Smith pointed out the importance of bridging the gap between white and black women specifically, and added that she believed "there is something unique [about] why black women and white women have such a difficult time [talking with 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," Pinkett Smith explained.

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