Charlize Theron is Unsettled by Racism in America

Charlize Theron. Photo by Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock (9450416gq)

Charlize Theron is not unfamiliar with racial discrimination.

The actress grew up in South Africa which pre-1994, when it was shrouded by Apartheid, which ordered the separation of citizens based upon the color of their skin.

Now, in 2018, and living in America, Charlize says that “racism is much more alive and well than people thought.”

The 42 year old made the comment in reference to her two young children—both of whom are black—that she adopted in 2012 and 2015.

“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,” the Atomic Blonde star told Elle. “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.”

She said that “being raised during the Apartheid era in South Africa made me so hyper-aware of equality and human rights.”

But the actress has a plan for her kids. “I want them to know who they are, and I want them to be so f—ing proud of who they are,” she said.

With a mother like Charlize we have no doubt they will.