Sandra Bullock Has ‘Warned’ Her African-American Son About Racism
Back in 2010, Hollywood actress Sandra Bullock adopted her son Louis from New Orleans, Louisiana.
The star has now opened up about educating Louis, who is of African-American heritage, all about racism - and even warned him that he will probably be judged by the colour of his skin.
Speaking candidly to BET in a recent interview, Sandra revealed that her five-year-old son “fully understands” that many people face discrimination but she is also determined to show him that there is “good in the world.”
The actress explained: “He doesn’t understand why people judge each other based on colour of
their skin, but he knows they do. He also knows there’s sexism, he knows
that there’s homophobia.
“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… that you’ll be
judged by the colour of your skin rather than the content of your
“But, it exists and I want him to be safe and I want him to be
Sandra went on to add that she felt it was incredibly important to start these discussions early, revealing that she feels it is her job as Louis’ mum to teach him about the ugliness in the world alongside the good stuff.
She poignantly shared: “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.”
It was recently reported that Sandra had adopted her second child, a baby girl, earlier this year, but the star did not comment on the speculation.
Read the full transcript of the remarks Jesse Williams delivered at the BET Awards here:
“Before we get into it, I just want to say I brought my parents out tonight. I just want to thank them for being here, for teaching me to focus on comprehension over career, [and] that I make sure I learn what the schools were afraid to teach us, and also thank my amazing wife for changing my life.
Now, this award, this is not for me. This is for the real organizers all over the country, the activists, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents and families and teachers and students that are realizing that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do. All right?
It’s kind of basic mathematics that the more we learn about who we are and how we got here, the more we will mobilize. Now this is also in particular for the black women who have spent their lifetimes dedicated to nurturing everyone before themselves. We can and will do better for you.
Now, what we’ve been doing is looking at the data and we know that police somehow manage to deescalate, disarm, and not kill white people every day. So what is going to happen is we’re going to have equal rights and justice in our own country or we will restructure their function and ours.
Yesterday would have been young Tamir Rice’s fourteenth birthday. So I don’t want to hear any more about how far we’ve come when paid public servants can pull a drive-by on a twelve-year old playing alone in a park in broad daylight, killing him on television and then going home to make a sandwich. Tell Rekia Boyd how it’s so much better to live in 2012 than it is to live in 1612 or 1712. Tell that to Eric Garner. Tell that to Sandra Bland. Tell that to Dorian Hunt.
Now the thing is though, all of us in here getting money, that alone isn’t going to stop this. All right? Dedicating our lives to getting money just to give it right back for someone’s brand on our bodies – when we’ve spent centuries praying with brands on our bodies – and now we pray to get paid for brands on our bodies??? There has been no war that we have not fought and died on the front lines of. There has been no job we haven’t done. There’s no tax they haven’t levied against us. And we’ve paid all of them.
But freedom is somehow always conditional here. “You’re free,” they keep telling us…
But she would have been alive if she hadn’t acted so…free.
Now, freedom is always coming in the hereafter. But, you know what though? The hereafter is a hustle. We want it now. And let’s get a couple of things straight, just a little side note: the burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander. That’s not our job, all right? Stop with all that. If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you’d better have an established record of critique of our oppression. If you have no interest in equal rights for black people then do not make suggestions to those who do. Sit down!
We’ve been floatin’ this country on credit for centuries yo! And we’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil, black gold, ghettoizing and demeaning our creations and stealing them, gentrifying our genius, and then trying us on like costumes, before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit.
The thing is though, the thing is: just because we’re magic don’t mean we’re not real.
““I think we have to talk about the narrative and make sure we’re starting at the beginning. You will find that people doing the oppressing often want to start the narrative at a convenient point. This started with a kid getting shot and killed and left in the street for four hours. I’ve never seen a white body left in the heat for four hours in the sweltering heat” Jesse Williams: http://bit.ly/28UM0QI
You know how many fuckin jobs I have to turn down, and how many people I have to fire cause of the racist shit that I get offered? And I’m as white as you can get being a black person- *I* have to fuckin struggle (points to darker man) imagine him tryna get those jobs. You gotta decide whether to wear a doo rag and rob some white person on a tv show, or pay your mortgage and raise your family