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Actress Charlize Theron is facing backlash for saying she may have to leave America because of her two black children if racism becomes more rampant.
Theron, who grew up in South Africa during the apartheid era, explained to Elle that it made her “hyperaware of equality and human rights” and that being the mother of two black children requires a level of awareness in itself.
She added that “racism is much more alive and well than people thought” and shared that it's going in the direction that would make her possibly leave the United States. Theron explained:
“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. 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.”
Her comments sparked a discussion on Twitter. Various users pointed out that going to a place without racism would be ideal, but in the real world, it's necessary to stay and fight, which is what they suggested she do.
very interesting! She needs to grow a spine and do what black people have been doing: fighting racism. She needs to roll up her sleeves and do something but don't just run away. Black people don't run away ! We don't have that luxury
— Teri McClain (@terileemcclain) April 13, 2018
Then how about staying and face the fears and challenges every other black parent faces? We teach our kids to be strong.
— Skyhawk 📚🎥📺🍕🍺 (@Skyhawk1) April 14, 2018
This is so ridiculous. We'd ALL love to take our black kids to Blacklandia, but deal with the shit like we do in a REAL way.
— Prentice Penny (@The_A_Prentice) April 14, 2018
Others echoed that action is better than running away and pointed out the climate in South Africa:
I agree. She should teach her children that you can't run away from racism. And besides, being from South Africa, Charlize should know the history of her country and that racism is not just an American problem.
— Demassie Hill (@demassie2) April 13, 2018
I don't understand the 1-way 'Racist' narrative.
Actress Charlize Theron wants to move out of the USA because she thinks Trump made it racist.
She's White and from South Africa where her race is literally targeted, land siezed, and even killed.
THAT's racism. Now STHU & act.
— One Williams 🇺🇸 (@_OneWilliams) April 14, 2018
Some people also wondered where she was going to go where racism doesn't exist.
There really isn’t a pla- ..you know what.
Good luck to them. pic.twitter.com/9yHIt2fT3A
— نايلة 🥀 (@lovesherworld) April 14, 2018
And go where pic.twitter.com/u4cnwnp7cO
— A.$.A.P. STOCKY (@DTDUNDUNITALL) April 13, 2018
Where is she going? I want to come. pic.twitter.com/R5Slcxsges
— 🇬🇭Shanti Jenei (@shantijenei) April 13, 2018
Hope she enjoys Mars because that is the only place free of anti-blackness
— Civil Savage (@Hustle_Scholar) April 13, 2018
In the meantime, as Theron monitors the situation, she explained to Elle that she repeatedly encourages her kids to be “proud” of who they are while teaching them it's a “different climate” for them than it is for her.