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Sandra Bullock Opens Up About Discussing Racism With Her Son

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In an interview with BET, Sandra Bullock opened up about discussing racism with her 5-year-old son, Louis.

"Many black families teach their children how to deal with racism," her interviewer said. "As a mother to an African-American son, do you prepare him for that?"

"Absolutely, it's an open conversation we have. He fully understands what that means," Bullock replied. "He doesn't understand why people judge each other based on color of the skin, but he knows that they do."

"He also knows that there's sexism, he knows that there's homophobia," she continued. "I think if you don't start the conversation very early on, you're doing them a disservice."

Bullock has raised Louis -- born in New Orleans -- as a single parent after adopting him in 2010 amid her divorce from then-husband Jesse James. She recently discussed bringing up her son in an interview with Glamour magazine.

"I want my son to be safe. I want my son to be judged for the man he is,” Bullock said. “We are at a point now where if we don’t do something, we will have destroyed what so many amazing people have done.”

“You look at women’s rights; it’s turning into a mad, mad world out there. But sometimes it needs to get really loud for people to say, ‘I can’t unsee this,'" she added. "If I could ride in a bubble with him for the rest of his life, I would. But I can’t.”

 

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