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Watch the Special Juneteenth Episode of Red Table Talk

Willow Smith Shares How the Younger Generation's Fight For Equality "Gives Me a Lot of Hope"

Black America In Crisis

Jada, Gammy and Willow address the state of emergency within Black America - from racism to police brutality, white supremacy to “Karens” and even cancel culture. Joining this special RTT: Legendary Civil Rights leader Dr. Angela Davis and the woman who gave the most powerful speech of this generation – activist Tamika Mallory.

Posted by Red Table Talk on Friday, June 19, 2020

In a special Juneteenth episode of Jada Pinkett Smith's Red Table Talk on Friday, Willow Smith opened up about her generation's fight for racial equality. During the 35-minute conversation, Willow spoke with Jada, as well as her grandmother, Adrienne Banfield Norris, and Civil Rights activists Tamika D. Mallory and Dr. Angela Davis. "I feel like right now, [this is] the first time I've ever seen so many people on the same page," the 19-year-old star said, addressing global Black Lives Matter protests. "On one hand, that's really inspiring and gives me a lot of hope and on the other hand, it kind of feels like, 'Just now?'"

After the group acknowledged Angela and her generation's contributions to social justice, they discussed how young people have taken up the mantle to continue progressive efforts. "Maybe it's the generations to come," Jada said. "Because when I look at Willow's generation, they have a different mindset." Willow agreed, adding, "Kids are growing up with this understanding that you can be whatever you want, and you're not defined by your oppression, or your gender or your colour."

Willow went on to talk about the dangers of cancel culture, saying, "This is so prevalent right now. I'm seeing people shaming others, like saying really terrible things. Shaming people for what they are choosing to say or shaming people for not saying anything at all. If we really want change, shaming doesn't lead to learning." Watch the full roundtable chat in the video above!