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Sandra Bullock: Racism Is Something I Discuss With My 5-Year-Old

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Sandra Bullock attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 21 Oct 2015 11:11 AM

Sandra Bullock discussed racism in a recent interview, saying she teaches her 5-year-old adopted son about the subject, as well as sexism and homophobia.

In bringing up Louis, an African-American who was born in New Orleans and adopted by Bullock and then-husband Jesse James in 2010, a BET.com interviewer also spoke of the Black Lives Matter political movement.

"One of the biggest political topics in the country right now, and something that's very big for BET.com, is Black Lives Matter," said the interviewer. "Many black families teach their families how to deal with racism, which is a sad reality. As a mother to an African-American son, do you prepare him for that?"

"Absolutely. It's an open conversation we have," Bullock responded. "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."

Bullock, who has raised Louis as a single parent since her divorce from James, said it was very important to discuss racism.

"I think if you don't start the conversation very early on, you're doing them a disservice," she said, according to USA Today.

"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. 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. 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."

The Daily Beast reported Wednesday that because of pressure from activists in the Black Lives Matter movement, "the Sanders and O’Malley campaigns have posted criminal justice reform platforms to their websites, and the Clinton campaign has posted drafts on criminal justice and voting rights."

Elsewhere, commentators like Montel Williams said in September that violent, anti-cop chants heard at some Black Lives Matter protests are unacceptable, Newsbusters reported.



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