Jada Pinkett-Smith Reveals Her Relations With White Men Ended Over The Topic Of Race
Compatibility is already difficult for two completely different people trying to merge lives, but harmony can be even harder to achieve when those people come from different cultures. Interracial relationships require a new level of patience and understanding to bridge the gap between races.
Just recently, the Internets lit up after an episode of “Chad Loves Michelle” aired, with Chad visually uncomfortable with Michelle bringing up race in their conversations.
“Well, Chad, because you are not Black, you would not understand why I communicate the way I do. Maybe because you didn’t grow up around a lot of Black people,” Michelle said on a video call with their therapist. Chad found her assertion offensive.
“To me, it doesn’t matter if you’re Black, white, green, yellow. It doesn’t matter,” Johnson said in response. Black Twitter went “full stop” after watching the Pastor’s comments, basically writing off the relationship as doomed from the jump if they can’t talk about the nuances of race comfortably.
Lo and behold, they were right.
The topic came up again in pop culture on a recent episode of Jada Pinkett-Smith’s “Red Table Talk,” where she explained any relationship she had with White men ended because of race.
“I have dated some really wonderful white men but it was interesting in that you’re dating someone who has no idea what oppression is,” she said during a panel discussion with her mom, daughter and fellow actress Ellen Pompeo.
“He’s at the top of the food chain, he doesn’t understand. It’s a very hard thing for him to be able to relate to. It was always the factor in the relationship that made it break.”
Jada’s experiences are a reason many men and women shy away from dating interracially, fear of not being seen or understood, which is inherently the basic point of relationship in general.