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Actress Charlize Theron says racism just might push her out of the country with her adopted black children, stating it's "much more alive than people thought." In a brand new interview for Elle with former late night host Chelsea Handler, Theron says she fears for the safety of her two children, 6-year-old Jackson and 2-year-old August. "We can't deny it anymore. We have to be vocal," she said of racism, particularly its brazen upswing under the Trump administration. "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."
The actress, who is originally from South Africa, says her fears are so strong that she has considered relocating altogether. "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."
Theron also admits that she hasn't had the difficult conversation about race with her children just yet, but is adamant about ensuring they have plenty of pride in their background and heritage.
"I want them to know who they are, and I want them to be so fucking proud of who they are," she explained. "They need to know where they come from and be proud of that. But they’re going to have to know that it’s a different climate for them than it is for me, and how unfair that is."