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Sasha Banks on why she doesn't want to be a role model, how she dealt with racism when she was younger



Sasha Banks was interviewed this week on "The New Day: Feel The Power" podcast. She was on to talk about a bunch of things including her role on The Mandalorian, stealing a ringside seat from Kofi Kingston's mother, her childhood, and much more.

Here are some highlights:

Sasha Banks talked about her childhood: “For me, it was so hard being a kid. First, I was living in Iowa at the time. I was the only black girl in the whole county. I was like, man, where am I and what’s going to happen in my life? I’m on a farm and black. Before that, I lived in California and was around a lot of cultures and different experiences. I heard people say the “N” word, but back then, the “N’ was like you say it as a friend. The first time I heard it in such a negative way, I was living in California. I was walking home from softball practice and this guy on his porch was screaming at me, “Hey “n” word, get the f*ck out of here.” Instantly I became so shy and so scared. I started watching wrestling and I thought this is who I am going to be. I am going to be larger than life and be someone I can’t be right now and I have to break this fear. Ever since I laid eyes on wrestling, I always had my mind set on that this is going to save me. This is what will break me away from being this scared little child.”

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Banks said she doesn't want to be a role model: “I can only be me. I can’t have that pressure. I can only do the best I can for myself. If little girls want to look up to that and take a little bit for themselves, then that’s all I can do. I can’t be like, hey, you have to follow my lead. You have to be yourself. You have to find your own journey. You have to see what works for you guys. You can take little pieces from everybody, but I’m just trying to be the best I can be.”

Banks talks about being in The Mandalorian: “It still has not hit me. There is not much I can talk about yet. All I can say is I’m in it. I can’t believe it. I’m so excited and can’t wait for everybody to see it. Season 2 is going to be so incredible. I have not seen the episodes. I probably won’t even know what’s going on actually (until it airs). It’s so secretive.”

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