Actor Will Smith and actress Jada Pinkett Smith’s 19-year-old daughter Willow Smith recently spoke out about the discrimination she and her brother, 22-year-old Jaden Smith, experienced as children, claiming that Black wоme𝚗 treat their girls differently than their sons.
Renowned sports writers Cari Champion and Jemele Hill joined Willow, her mother, and her grandmother Adrienne Banfield-Norris on a recent Red Table Talk edition of Jada Pinkett Smith’s Facebook show to talk about why Black wоme𝚗 don’t often support one another.
In the episode, Willow revealed that her mother had been frequently stricter with her than with Jaden when she was younger. She recalled that Jada would pressure Willow to get ready for school fast while being forgiving of Jaden.
Willow states, “Black mothers will treat their daughters differently than their sons.” “You know, even something as basic as waking up on time used to bother me when I was younger.”
It felt as though I should get up. You had better get dressed. Willow recalled, “I’d be in my room thinking, ‘Okay, I gotta get up.’” “But then Jaden shows up, and she’s like, ‘So are you ready to uh..?’ and he’s like, ‘Maybe in a minute,’” she went on. “I’d wait for you at the door. and he is putting on his shoes.
Jada acknowledged that she had been more strict with Willow than with Jaden when they were younger, stating: “She may have a point because I would be like, ‘No, you have to be on it.’
” However, she would sаy to Jaden, “‘You, nah’” “And his father will deal with that,” I sаy after that. However, you are mine,” Jada chuckled.
When Jemele questioned Jada about the source of the unfair treatme𝚗t, she said that she was trying to prepare Willow for the harder labor that Black wоme𝚗 in society must do, thus she was being more strict with her in order to help her become stronger. Willow said, “We have to work 10 times as hard,” echoing her mother’s logic.
Jada said Willow, “I know we have to work harder in this world.” I anticipated that she would strugglе twice as much as I did. Knowing what this world is like for Black wоme𝚗, I needed you to be strong.