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'We might have to leave America': Charlize Theron says racism is 'alive and well in the U.S.' and she is planning to leave to protect her two adopted black children

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 4/14/2018 Jessica Finn

Charlize Theron is considering leaving the United States with her two adopted black children over her concerns over what she says is ramped up race tensions in the country today. 

The beautiful, South African born actress, grew up during apartheid before coming to pursue her American dream. In a revealing interview with Elle Magazine, she explains her concerns for the future of the country, and how her children will fit into it.

The 42-year-old Monster actress says she now won't take on jobs in certain areas of the country for fears over how her family would be treated. 'I wouldn’t travel with my kids to some parts of America, and that’s really problematic,' Theron said. 

a screenshot of a cell phone screen with text: Charlize Theron says she is considering moving out of America over what she calls racial tensions that have been growing in consideration of her two black adopted children © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Charlize Theron says she is considering moving out of America over what she calls racial tensions that have been growing in consideration of her two black adopted children

Charlize Theron says she is considering moving out of America over what she calls racial tensions that have been growing in consideration of her two black adopted children 

a man wearing a hat: Theron, pictured with her children in 2016, is very hands on with raising her children, and says she feels it is important they grow up happy, and proud of where they came from © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Theron, pictured with her children in 2016, is very hands on with raising her children, and says she feels it is important they grow up happy, and proud of where they came from

Theron, pictured with her children in 2016, is very hands on with raising her children, and says she feels it is important they grow up happy, and proud of where they came from 

'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.'

Theron also touched on the Trump Administration as potentially stoking the flames of racism in America.

'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 also discussed how being raised in South Africa gives her a particularly heightened insight into the devastation that rampant racism can produce for a country and it's people. She also discusses her background in relation to the current era of the Black Lives Matter movement.

'Being raised during the apartheid era in South Africa made me so hyper-aware of equality and human rights.'

She also says that while she is definitely concerned, she's not about to hightail it out of America, the place that she calls home, just yet.  

a woman sitting on a table: Theron adopted her son Jackson, 6, in 2012 and daughter August, 2, in 2015 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Theron adopted her son Jackson, 6, in 2012 and daughter August, 2, in 2015

Theron adopted her son Jackson, 6, in 2012 and daughter August, 2, in 2015

'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 f****** 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,' Theron concluded. 

Theron adopted her son Jackson, 6, in 2012 and daughter August, 2, in 2015.

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