In a recent interview with Glamour, actress Sandra Bullock explained the difficulty of raising a Black son and how she feels about modern racism.
Bullock, who adopted her now 5-year-old son, Louis, from New Orleans in 2010, says that the peril faced by African-American men and women in America plagues her mind daily. When asked if she thinks about it, she replied, “Everyday.”
“You see how far we’ve come in civil rights—and where we’ve gotten back to now. I want my son to be safe. I want my son to be judged for the man he is,” Bullock said.
“We are at a point now where if we don’t do something, we will have destroyed what so many amazing people have done. You look at women’s rights; it’s turning into a mad, mad world out there. But sometimes it needs to get really loud for people to say, “I can’t unsee this.” If I could ride in a bubble with him for the rest of his life, I would. But I can’t.”
In an interview with BET, she said that she’s already teaching her son about racism.
“He doesn’t understand why people judge each other based on color of their skin, but he knows they do,” she said. “I think if you don’t start the conversation early on, you’re doing them a disservice. Once he leaves that house and I’m not with him, it’s his life, and how he approaches it is his decision. But I want to know that I did the best I could as his mom to educate him on the ugliness in the world and also the beauty.”
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