Racism is a serious issue in America, which is why Sandra Bullock is teaching her son about it now. The actress tells BET that her preschooler already knows about bigotry.
“He fully understands what that means,” says Sandra of little Louis. “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.”
Bullock explains her reasoning behind discussing racism and other sensitive subjects with her son now by telling media, “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.”
In being aware, Sandra hopes that Louis is prepared for life’s challenges in later years. “If you don’t start the conversation early on, you’re doing them a disservice,” shares the star. “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.”
Louis is Sandra Bullock’s only child. He celebrated his fifth birthday earlier this year.