Sandra Bullock is aware that her children do not have the same life experiences as her.
The “Unforgivable” star, 57 – who is the mother of two black adopted children, Louis, 11, and Laila, 9 – was honest in an episode of “Red Table Talk”“Wednesday about her experiences as a white woman raising two colored children, and how eye-opening it has been for her.
Bullock told a story around 11:30 a.m. above about how her young daughter left a room “depressed” after capturing a few moments of the South Korean Netflix series “Squid Games,” while Bullock’s partner Bryan Randall watched it.
Bullock said that when she asked her daughter why she was so upset about the show, she assumed it was because of its violence. But Bullock was surprised by her daughter’s response: “‘I do not want Dad to see it… because there are no black people in it.”
“The fact that it was fire in her stomach made me so happy that she already said,” Bullock said. “I’m charging [my kids] teach me and tell me what they need to know. I thought I was educated and woke up, I thought I had it all, and guess what, I was not. “
Bullock admitted that, too “As a white parent who loves her children more than life itself, I’m afraid of everything,” and admits she probably “puts all kinds of existential anxiety on them.”
But she said she did not try to isolate her son and daughter from the realities of being black – such as “letting go” [them] watch everything on TV and rentals [them] treat it “- is the best way to take care of them.
“I have to think about what they will experience when they leave home. They want my fears, but how can I make sure my anxiety is accurate [and] protective?”
Bullock also shared fears she had over her son wearing a hoodie when he was only 6 years old. “He put that hoodie on his head and I said, ‘Ahhhhh,'” Bullock said with a shuddering allusion to Trayvon Martin. In 2012, the 17-year-old black child was shot and killed by Neighborhood Watch member George Zimmerman because he believed the teenager “looked suspicious” of wearing a hoodie.
Bullock elaborated on this story as he spoke The Grio. She told that she told her son not to wear his hoodie in a certain way because people would be “scared” and react “differently” than if he “was a white boy.”
“At some point, the sweet, funny Lou will be a young man, and the moment he leaves my home, I can not follow him everywhere,” Bullock said on “Red Table Talk,” adding jokingly, “Even though I will sample. “
To hear more about Bullock’s experiences raising her children – including how people perceive a white woman raising two black children and why she sometimes wishes her skin tone “matched” theirs – check out the entire episode of “Red Table Talk. “
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