Charlize Theron Called Out for Considering Leaving US Because of Racism: 'Grow a Spine'

| APR 16, 2018 | 1:14 PM
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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.

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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.

Others echoed that action is better than running away and pointed out the climate in South Africa:

Some people also wondered where she was going to go where racism doesn't exist.

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.