Theron considering leaving US over racism
Los Angeles, Apr. 15:
Charlize Theron is considering leaving the United States with her two adopted black children over her concerns over what she says is ramped up race tensions in the country today.
The beautiful, South African born actress, grew up during apartheid before coming to pursue her American dream. In a revealing interview with Elle Magazine, she explains her concerns for the future of the country, and how her children will fit into it.
The 42-year-old Monster actress says she now won’t take on jobs in certain areas of the country for fears over how her family would be treated. ‘I wouldn’t travel with my kids to some parts of America, and that’s really problematic,’ Theron 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 also touched on the Trump Administration as potentially stoking the flames of racism in America.
‘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. We can’t deny it anymore. We have to be vocal.’
She also discussed how being raised in South Africa gives her a particularly heightened insight into the devastation that rampant racism can produce for a country and it’s people. She also discusses her background in relation to the current era of the Black Lives Matter movement.
‘Being raised during the apartheid era in South Africa made me so hyper-aware of equality and human rights.’ She also says that while she is definitely concerned, she’s not about to hightail it out of America, the place that she calls home, just yet.
‘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****** 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. If I can do something about that, of course I’m going to,’ Theron concluded. Theron adopted her son Jackson, 6, in 2012 and daughter August, 2, in 2015.