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Sandra Bullock teaches her son about racism

The actress says her son is 'absolutely' aware of racism

By Shantila Lee | Published: 21 Oct 2015

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Sandra Bullock's 5-year-old adopted son Louis may to too little to understand the idea of race, but he's definitely aware of racism, the actress told BET while promoting her movie Our Brand is Crisis.

When an interviewer asked if she talks to her adopted African American son about racism in America, her reply was "absolutely". "It's an open conversation that we have. 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 that there's sexism, he knows that there's homophobia. He knows a lot for a five-and-three-quarter-year-old."

Sandra Bullock and her son Louis

Sandra and her cute little bub Louis (Photo: TPG Images)

She completely supports the idea of parents discussing these issues with their kids, the earlier the better. "I think if you don't start the conversation very early on, you're doing them a disservice. I can't ride in a bubble with him. 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, you know," said Sandra. "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."

This confronts the fact that 'the talk' parents have with their children is expanding to so much more than the birds and the bees, as themes that are more real and very confusing to kids these days take the front seat. "Once he leaves that house and I'm not with him, it's his life and how he approaches it is his decision," she adds. "But I want to know that I did the best I could as his mum to educate him on the ugliness in the world, and also the beauty." Mums, take a cue.

Related: Charlize Theron adopts second child


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