Sandra Bullock realizes that her children will not have the same life experiences as hers.
The 57-year-old star of The Unforgivable, the mother of Black’s adopted children, Louis, 11, and Leila, 9, spoke out frankly in an episode of The Red Table.Wednesday about her experience as a white woman raising two colored children and how it opened her eyes.
Bullock recounted the story, at about 11:30 am above, about her little daughter leaving her room “depressed” after filming a few moments of the South Korean Netflix series Squid Games while Bullock’s partner Brian Randall watched his.
Bullock said that when she asked her daughter why she was so upset about the show, she assumed it was because of his brutality. But Bullock was surprised by his daughter’s response: “I don’t want Dad to watch this … because there are no blacks in it.”
“The fact that it was a fire in her stomach made me so happy that she already said,” Bullock said. “I let [my kids] teach me and tell me what they need to know. I thought I was educated and woke up, I thought I had everything, and you know what, I wasn’t. “
Bullock also admitted that “As a white mother who loves her children more than life, I am afraid of everything,” admitting that she probably “puts all kinds of existential fears on them.”
But she said she was not trying to isolate her son and daughter from black realities, for example by “allowing [them] watch everything on TV and let [them] process ”is the best way to take care of them.
“I have to think about what they will experience when they leave the house. They will have my fear, but how can I be sure that my concern is true? [and] protective? “
Bullock also shared the fears she had of her son wearing a hoodie when he was just 6 years old. “He pulled the hoodie over his head and I said, ‘Ahhhh,’” Bullock said with a start, referring to Trayvon Martin. In 2012, a 17-year-old black child was shot and killed by local guard George Zimmerman because he believed the teen “looked suspicious” for wearing a hoodie.
Bullock elaborated on this story, talking with Grio… She said that she advised her son not to wear the sweatshirt in a special way because people would be “scared” and react “differently” than if he were “a white boy.”
“At some point, cute, funny Lou will become a young man, and the minute he leaves my house, I won’t be able to follow him everywhere,” Bullock said in Red Table Talk, jokingly adding, “Although I will try… “
To learn more about how Bullock is raising her children, including how people perceive a white woman raising two black children, and why she sometimes wishes her skin color “matches” their skin tone, watch the entire episode “Conversations at the Red Table”.