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Sandra Bullock: I’m honest with my son about hatred

Published 20/10/2015

Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock believes she would be doing her adopted African-American child Louis a “disservice” by shielding him from the reality of racism.

Actress Sandra Bullock is committed to having an “open conversation” with her son about racism, sexism and homophobia.

The 51-year-old Gravity actress is mother to five-year-old son Louis, who she adopted in 2010.

Louis is African-American and Sandra has made it a mission to expose him to the ills of racism at an early age.

"Absolutely, it's an open conversation we have," she noted during a conversation with BET. "He fully understands what that means.

"He doesn't understand why people judge each other based on colour of the skin, but he knows that they do. He also knows there's sexism, he knows there's homophobia."

Sandra is convinced keeping Louis in the dark about prejudice might expose him to danger.

But the star doesn’t always share heavy discussions with the little boy, as she thinks it’s equally important he learn of humanity’s wonderful qualities.

"I think if you don't start the conversation very early on, you're doing them a disservice,” she explained of her decision to converse about racism. "I want him to know that I did my best, as his mum, to educate him on the ugliness in the world, and also the beauty."

Sandra disclosed her views on the government during a press conference last week (ends16Oct15) for new film Our Brand Is Crisis, in which she portrays political strategist ‘Calamity’ Jane Bodine.

And the star noted a lot of her opinions on politics are shaped by social policies that directly affect her family.

"I just want what's best for our country," she said, according to People magazine. "I would like my rights represented and those of my son – very selfish views and I think everyone else has them. When this film came along, it came along at a time that I was having that internal discussion with myself about who in our country would step out of their comfort zone to help others for the greater good."

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