Jada Pinkett Smith said she is “at a loss” following the recent police shootings that left two black men — Alton Sterling and Philando Castile — dead.
On Thursday, the 44-year-old actress posted a message on her Facebook account saying she was grateful to still be holding her child, but “mourned” for those mothers that can’t anymore after the violence in Orlando, Louisiana, Turkey and Baghdad. (RELATED: Jada Pinkett-Smith Is Boycotting The Oscars Because They’re Too White)
“As I prepare to celebrate the life of my son tomorrow for his 18th birthday, I also mourn our recent losses in Orlando, Turkey, Baghdad and that of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile,” Smith said. “I don’t take for granted that my black male child is still with me to hold. With that gratitude, my heart goes out to the mothers who will not have their sons or daughters to hold on their child’s next birthday.”
“Those mothers are sitting in my thoughts tonight,” she added. “How do we end this heinous violence that affects us all? I’m at a loss.”
The actress also responded to the attack in Dallas that left five officers dead and at least six others injured, according to TMZ.
“We’ve got to do something, because at the end of the day it can’t keep happening that’s for sure,” she said. “Desperate communities do desperate things.”