Racism Is ‘Alive and Well’ Under Trump, Says Actress Charlize Theron

Actress Charlize Theron says she’s considering leaving the United States so she doesn’t have to expose her children to the racism that’s “alive and well” in parts of the country.

In a new interview with Elle for the magazine’s May issue, the Oscar-winning actress said,

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.

The actress and former model has two adopted children, six-year-old Jackson and two-year-old August. She lives in the US, but was born and raised in South Africa:

Being raised during the apartheid era in South Africa made me so hyperaware of equality and human rights. Of course, now I have two black kids, but that was always something I was passionate about.

Numerous polls released this year found that huge majorities of Americans believe President Trump is openly racist. A poll conducted this past February reported that three-quarters of black respondents said Trump’s policies have been bad for African-Americans.

Theron told interviewer Chelsea Handler,

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. 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.

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 fucking 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.

After a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville turned violent last year, Trump said there were “some very fine people” among the neo-Nazi activists. His Muslim immigration ban and his desperate desire to build a border wall with Mexico are further evidence of his racism. And, as The Hill notes, accusations of racism reemerged in January after Trump reportedly demanded to know during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers why the US should admit immigrants from “shithole countries,” such as El Salvador, Haiti, and some African nations.

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