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.


Char­l­ize Theron, who is rais­ing two black chil­dren in the US, fears for their ‘safety’

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