We all know Sandra Bullock adopted an African American child: her son, Louis. When the star sat down with BET for an interview, she was asked about whether or not she talks to Louis about racism. She said that she does.
Sandra explained that she “absolutely” talks to her five-year-old son about these things.
He fully understands what that means. He doesn’t understand why people judge each other based on color of their skin, but he knows they do. He also knows there’s sexism, he knows that there’s homophobia.”
It sounds like she is committed to giving her son an honest view of what’s out there in the world.
I want him to know the truth, but I also want him to know the good in the world as well. Those are hard conversations to have. It’s not any conversation any parent wants to have with their child, is that you’ll be judged by the color of your skin rather than the content of your character. But it exists, and I want him to be safe and I want him to be aware.”
Hear, hear! The earlier he becomes aware of this reality, the better he can prepare himself.
Sandra also talked about why she was having these conversations with Louis when he’s so young.
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.”
Sandra seems to be doing a pretty great job! Watch her discuss the issue below:
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