Charlize Theron on racism in the US: I wouldn't travel with my kids to some parts of America
South African export, Charlize Theron, may have made America her new home, but she said that the current race climate in the US is a big concern for her.
Charlize is mom to two black children, August and Jackson, and in an interview with Chelsea Handler for Elle magazine she said racism in America is more widespread than what people think.
“Being raised during the apartheid era in South Africa made me so hyperaware of equality and human rights. Of course, I have two black kids, but that was always something I was passionate about. I don’t even know how to talk about the last year under our new administration.”
She said Americans can't deny that there is a race problem and she has felt the effects personally.
“But 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.”
She said that she has, at times, thought she may need to leave America because of what is going on.
“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.”
You can read the full interview here.