Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron says that she “might have to [leave America]” because “racism is much more alive and well than people thought” under the current administration and she doesn’t want her two adopted African-American children “to feel unsafe.”
Theron made the remarks in an interview with comedian and outspoken President Trump critic Chelsea Handler for Elle Magazine.
She said that she doesn’t “even know how to talk” with her kids – ages six and two – about the last year under the Trump administration:
"I don’t even know how to talk about the last year under our new administration. But racism is much more alive and well than people thought," said Theron.
"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.
"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."
Theron continued, “We’re not there yet, but trust me, we talk. I want them to know who they are, and I want them to be so f—ing proud of who they are. Building confidence for them right now is an oath I made to myself when I brought them home. They need to know where they come from and be proud of that.”
"But they’re going to have to know that it’s a different climate for them than it is for me, and how unfair that is," she said.
Theron told Handler that being raised in South Africa during the country’s apartheid era made her “so hyperaware of equality and human rights.”
“Of course, I have two black kids, but that was always something I was passionate about,” she said.
Check out the interview below.