Kristin Davis knows a thing or two about racism. The Sex and the City star recently sat down with Jada Pinkett-Smith and the ladies of Red Table Talk to share her children’s experience with bigotry.
“This is what I want to say, from a white person adopting [black children]: You absolutely do not fully understand. There’s no doubt. There’s no way you could,” Kristin shared. “It’s one thing to be watching [racism] happening to other people and it’s another thing when it’s your child,” she continued. “And you haven’t personally been through it. It’s a big issue.”
Kristin Davis adopted her daughter, Gemma Rose, in 2011. The actress adopted a son who is also of African descent last year. Gemma’s encounter with bigotry that stood out the most to her mom was an instance in which a white child at school did not want to play with little Gemma because of her racial identity. Kristin went to the school’s administrators regarding the matter only to be dismissed.
“[The administrators said], ‘We just see them all the same. We don’t see color.’ It was a very harsh moment of understanding,” the celebrity mom said. “I don’t know how every person of color has gotten through this. I don’t understand how you could take this every day.”
She may not be able to understand it all, but Kristin Davis is determined to better understand and combat racism on a personal scale. “[Gemma’s experience with racism] lit a fire under me where I couldn’t be relaxed or casual [about racism],” the celebrity mom explained. “It made me on a mission to find a place where she was exposed to everything. It made me on a mission to put her in situations where I was the only white person.”
Kristin’s desire to surround her daughter with people of color is partially why the celebrity mom decided to adopt a son of African descent. “She said, ‘Mommy, I would really love a black little brother.’ And I was like, ‘I totally understand, baby,'” Davis said. “And then one day, there he was. And I tell you, my daughter didn’t bat an eye. She was like, ‘There he is.’ So beautiful. And then she held him and fed him. She’s just the best big sister.”
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