Sandra Bullock: ‘My Son Understands What Racism Means’

When it comes to discussing tough topics, single mom Sandra Bullock keeps the conversations open with son Louis.

In a new interview with BET, the Our Brand Is Crisis star, 51, revealed that she is “absolutely” already talking to her 5-year-old about racism.

“It’s an open conversation we have. He fully understands what that means,” the Academy Award-winning actress said of her son’s knowledge of racism. “He doesn’t understand why people judge each other based on color of their skin, but he knows they do. He also knows there’s sexism, he knows that there’s homophobia.”

While it can be a cruel world, the actress understands that she needs to prepare her son.

“I want him to know the truth, but I also want him to know the good in the world as well,” she said. “Those are hard conversations to have. It’s not any conversation any parent wants to have with their child, is that you’ll be judged by the color of your skin rather than the content of your character. But it exists, and I want him to be safe and I want him to be aware.”

She added: “I think if you don’t start the conversation early on, you’re doing them a disservice. Once he leaves that house and I’m not with him, it’s his life and how he approaches it is his decision. But I want to know that I did the best I could as his mom to educate him on the ugliness in the world, and also the beauty.”

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