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Sandra Bullock lets her son 'see everything' as she teaches children about racism

Sandra is mom to Louis, 11, and Laila, eight

Rebecca Lewis
Rebecca Lewis - Los Angeles
Los Angeles correspondentLos Angeles
2 December 2021
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Sandra Bullock has opened up on her "fears" of raising two Black children in the United States.

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After a year in which the world reckoned with the implicit bias and racism many people and institutions hold, Sandra admitted that she has been "schooling" her children on living in a world where they are viewed by some differently.

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"As a white parent who loves her children more than life itself, I'm scared of everything," she shared.

"I know I'm laying all kinds of existential anxiety on them. I have to think about what they're gonna experience leaving the home. They're gonna have my fear. But how can I make sure that my anxiety is accurate, protective?"

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Speaking on Wednesday's episode of Red Table Talk alongside Willow Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, Sandra - who is mom to Louis, 11, and Laila, eight - added: "With Lou being a young Black man, at one point, sweet, funny Lou is gonna be a young man. And the minute he leaves my home, I can't follow him everywhere, though I will try."

She joked: "I will try, and I'm joking… but I'm not. I don't know what I will do, but I pray and pray and pray that I have done a good enough job, scared them sufficiently."

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Sandra and Louis when he was a baby

The award winner also revealed that she has already explained to Louis why wearing a hoodie may be seen as a threat to some, and acknowledged that she has "let him see everything on television".

"I let him process it. He knows how the world works. He knows how cruel it is. He knows how unfair it is," she said.

The 57-year-old concluded: "I thought I was educated and woke. I thought I had it all, and guess what? I wasn't."

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George was murdered in May 2020

On May 25 2020 George Floyd died in Minneapolis after Derek Chauvin, a then-police officer, knelt on his neck for nine minutes, even as Floyd pleaded that he couldn't breathe.

The tragic footage - and the renewed media interest in the deaths of other unarmed Black people such as Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery - gave new energy to the Black Lives Matter movement, and protests were held across the US and around the world, including in London and Berlin.  An estimated 20 million people participated in the demonstrations in the United States.

Chauvin was found guilty on Tuesday 20 April 2021 of the murder and manslaughter of Floyd.

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