Racism is much more alive today: Charlize Theron
Actor Charlize Theron has said she considers moving out of the US as she fears for the lives of her two black children in the racially-charged environment in the country.
In an interview with Elle magazine, the actor, who was born and raised in South Africa during the apartheid, talked about the prevalent social climate and raising two black children in the US.
“Racism is much more alive and well than people thought. We can’t deny it anymore. We have to be vocal. 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,” Theron said. “There are a lot of times when I look at my kids and I’m like, If this continues, I might have to [leave the US]. Because the last thing I want is for my children to feel unsafe.”
Theron is a mother to two-year-old August and six-year-old Jackson, whom she adopted as a single parent. She says that the kids need to know where they come from and be proud of that. “I want them to be so f**king proud of who they are. Building confidence for them right now is an oath I made to myself when I brought them home,” she adds.