A Lesson in Women Helping Other Women
In the days since Jordyn Woods’ interview on Red Table Talk, social media has dissected this situation down to the bare bones. Jordyn sat down with “Auntie Jada” to clear the air and tell her truth about what really happened with NBA player Tristan Thompson, father of Khloe Kardashian’s daughter.
This 21 year old was ripped to shreds on the Internet, not to mention being ridiculed and bullied by the Kardashian clan. Mind you, this is what they do. Khloe called her a liar and blamed her as the reason for her family breaking apart.
Somehow, we knew that to be true even before her change of heart. After Jordyn’s interview, Khloe finally stated that she was not to blame and it was Tristan’s fault. Also in the interview, Jordyn eluded to Khloe and Tristan not even being together anyway.
“And that’s my first step where I went wrong. And how would I feel if someone close to me is hanging at my ex’s house—the father of my child? I didn’t think about that. That’s the first part of the problem. I should have gone home after the party.”
This whole situation can be summed up through the words of Jada Pinkett Smith: “Black women can be the most disregarded and disrespected creatures on the earth.”
Facts. We know that Black women aren’t as valuable as other women. This is shown in various ways on a daily basis. According to society, we don’t make good partners. We are too loud, too much to handle, not feminine enough, too guarded, too aggressive, not educated enough (definite lies), and just…not.
The Kardashian women are known for destroying whoever tries to cross their path. The way they, and entourage of Malilka Haqq and Larsa Pippen (44 year old wife of Scottie Pippen), denigrated Jordyn on social media was low…and uncalled for.
However, the Kardashians weren’t ready for the power machine which is the Smith Family. Prior to the interview, Uncle Will told Jordyn, “I got you. We got you.” I thought it was a powerful statement, coming from a black man to a black woman in pain.
At some point in our lives, we have all been Jordyn Woods. We allowed our actions to get us into some mess. And then we were vilified for a truth that didn’t belong to us, without the opportunity to speak our own. Auntie Jada provided that safe space for Jordyn to do that, with grace and love.
Jordyn took responsibility for her actions and admitted that she never should have put herself in that position. But she didn’t deserve the public shaming and harassment. Why couldn’t the truth be found without the hate?
Supporting other women means being intentional about how we show up in our own lives. Showing up means we’re mentally present, while extending love and understanding. We can lift each other up without judgment and ignorance. This is how we grow strong. This is how it was meant to be. Kudos to the Red Table.