Charlize Theron is considering leaving the US to protect her adopted African kids from racism in some parts of the country

by Asfa Shakeel

Charlize Theron says extreme racism in some parts of America means she might have to leave the country with her children.

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron recently talked about the possibility of leaving the country to protect her kids. (Image source: Instagram/Elle USA)

In a recent interview with Elle magazine, the South African actress talked about how she came to the US to pursue the American dream, and how the narrative has shifted now that she has two kids to take care of.

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Charlize Theron moved to the US from South Africa(Image source: Instagram/Elle USA)

Theron adopted 6-year-old Jackson in March 2012 and 2-year-old August in July 2015. She talked to Chelsea Handler during her interview about what it meant to raise two black kids in America’s current political environment, given the Black Lives Matter movement.

“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 said.

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Charlize Theron adopted her son in 2012 and her daughter in 2015. (Image source: Instagram/Charlize Theron)

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Charlize Theron talked about the importance of being vocal about racism. (Image source: Instagram/Charlize Theron)

She also talked about how she does not feel comfortable taking her kids everywhere, which is an adjustment for her to make.

“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 explained.

Theron went on to say that if this problem continues, she might have to leave the country with her kids. The actress currently lives in Los Angeles.

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Charlize Theron said she would not take her kids everywhere in America due to racism. (Image source: Instagram/Charlize Theron)

Charlize Theron

Theron finds it problematic that her kids will face racism in America. (Image source: Instagram/Charlize Theron)

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Theron would leave the US to protect her kids. (Image source: Instagram/charlizeafrica)

“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.”

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Charlize says her children’s safety is her top priority. (Image source: Instagram/Charlize Theron)

The actress also referenced how her own childhood has influenced the way she thinks about race and color today.

“Being raised during the apartheid era in South Africa made me 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.

She said her first priority is that her kids feel comfortable with their past and confident about themselves and their history.

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Theron talked about her own childhood as well. (Image source: Instagram/Charlize Theron)

Charlize Theron

She said growing up during apartheid makes her more aware of race. (Image source: Instagram/Charlize Theron)

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She wants her kids to feel comfortable. (Image source: Instagram/Charlize Theron)

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Charlize Theron wants her kids to be proud of their history. (Image source: Instagram/Charlize Theron)

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ChcharlizeafricaTheron says her kids might get treated differently than her in the future. (Image source: Instagram/Charlize Theron)

She highlighted how it was tough to explain to her kids that they might be treated differently than her some day just because of the color of their skin; “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,” she added.

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It is difficult to explain to her kids that their skin color might warrant different behavior for them. (Image source: Instagram/Charlize Theron)

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Theron is appearing in Tully, which releases on May 4. (Image source: Instagram/Elle USA)

Charlize’s upcoming movie, Tully, comes out on May 4, 2018.



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