Not only does Will Smith have famous parents and Jada Pinkett Smith’s daughter, Willow Smith, but she is a successful singer and songwriter. However, growing up wealthy and in the public eye did not stop her feelings of law enforcement. She was “terrified” and was smashed by a police officer.
‘Red Table Conversation’: Jada Pinkett Smith and Willow Smith talk about white benefits
In a program from the Facebook Watch series, Red Table Conversation, Willow sat down with her mother, Jada, and grandmother, Adrienne “Gammy” Norris Banfield, to talk about prejudice. They also invited Black author and activist Rachel Cargle, One day at a time star Justina Machado, and women’s rights activist Amie Newman to the table.
Before Willow explained her position with the police officer, the women talked about explaining white welfare.
“Someone once said to me, ‘I’m white, and I don’t get white benefits. I don’t get that, ‘”Machado recalls. “I didn’t know how to answer that.”
The Jane the Virgin the actor tried to enlighten the person by asking them how they feel in certain situations where a person with color feels very uncomfortable.
“I could only say, ‘Well, could you walk into a shop and ask if you need help? ‘”She began. “I have certainly walked into stores before, and they never asked me if I needed help. ‘Were you followed in the shop? ‘They did a lot in Chicago. “
Willow Smith describes white welfare by describing how she feels when a police officer is around.
Willow understands what Machado said about white benefits. She gives another example of how people of color are treated differently in their daily lives.
“As soon as a police officer is around, inside myself I’m like, ‘Okay, I look, I feel [suspicious], ‘”She began. “I was dragged over by a police officer, and I was literally so free that I was taking pictures of where I was; I was calling my mother and it was like, ‘If he does anything to me, you know for sure…’ ”
“I was raised under a Mayor [Frank] Rizzo, ”Will remembers. “[He] he went from the chief of police to the mayor, and had an iron hand. I have been called a nigger by the cops in Philly more than 10 times. I stopped often. So I understand what it’s like to be in those situations with the police, to feel like you’ve been caught, it’s a residential force. ”
He knew what his daughter was feeling at the time the police officer pulled her over. Will believes that non-minority people cannot “understand what it’s like” to “live in an area owned. ”