It’s not that “The Talk” about the birds and the bees are unimportant, but due to today’s plugged-in society, we have started to teach our children the themes of racism, homophobia and sexism. They are confusing themes for children to grasp but it can be argued that they take the front seat when you educate them about the world.
Sandra Bullock, 51, told BET in her interview for Our Brand is Crisis that she is making sure her African-American 5-year-old son is aware of racial prejudice that exists in society. The Oscar-winning actress told BET, “He fully understands what that means.”
“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.”
“I want him to know the truth, but I also want him to know the good in the world as well.”
“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.”
Bullock says she believes that teaching them about prejudice at an early age is for the better. “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.”
Watch the interview below: