Charlize Theron Says Racism Is Very Much 'Alive,' And Has Considered Leaving America With Her Black Kids
Theron: "I wouldn’t travel with my kids to some parts of America, and that’s really problematic."
In a recent interview with ELLE, Academy-Award winning actress Charlize Theron touched on America's racist culture and how that has affected her ability to live happily with her black children.
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Theron adopted two black children, Jackson, 6, and August, 2, who she co-parents with her mother. During the interview, she mentioned that she feels Trump's administration has brought bigotry to light, and she worries for the safety of her children because of their race.
“I don’t even know how to talk about the last year under our new administration. But racism is much more alive and well than people thought,” Theron noted. “We can’t deny it anymore. We have to be vocal.”
The racial climate has certainly made Theron wonder whether America is even safe for her kids anymore.
“There are places in this country where, if I got a job, I wouldn’t take it. I wouldn’t travel with my kids to some parts of America, and that’s really problematic,” the actress continued. “There are a lot of times when I look at my kids and I’m like, if this continues, I might have to [leave America]. Because the last thing I want is for my children to feel unsafe.”
Growing up in South Africa during apartheid adds another layer of social awareness for Theron. “Being raised during the apartheid era in South Africa made me so hyper-aware of equality and human rights,” noted the actress.
Theron also touched on how she tries to teach her kids racial pride while also making sure they are aware of the ways in which their experiences will likely differ from their mother's.
“I want them to know who they are, and I want them to be so f*cking proud of who they are. Building confidence for them right now is an oath I made to myself when I brought them home,” she says. “They need to know where they come from and be proud of that. But they’re going to have to know that it’s a different climate for them than it is for me, and how unfair that is. If I can do something about that, of course I’m going to.”