Smith’s mother kept it all the way real when she recalled how she felt when her daughter dated a white man named John.
“It’s really difficult for me because we have white people in our family,” she explained before telling Jada, 47, and her granddaughter Willow what she learned from her own mother.
“I repeated what Mommy told me, was that you have to learn to get along with white people, but don’t ever bring them home,” she said, nothing that was the reason why she took issue with Jada’s white boyfriend back in the day. Mama admits that she never gave herself the “opportunity to even like John.”
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And when her nephew married a white woman, that didn’t go over well either.
“Just like I said, we have people in our family [who are white] and I’ve given them a hard time,” she said. “Jason is married to a white woman … She will tell you we gave her a hard time because we didn’t welcome her with open arms and she really had to prove herself. I feel bad about that.”
But when a female relative married a white man, he was embraced because “he acted more black.”
“Historically you would think that bringing a white man into the family would be more of an issue than a white woman,” Smith said. “This runs deeper than we even are conscious of.”
Watch the conversation via the clip above (contains explicit language).