Sandra Bullock Says She 'Sometimes' Wishes Her Kids Had Same Skin Colour As Her
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Sandra Bullock has said she ‘sometimes’ wishes her children had the same skin colour as her as it would make ‘easier on how people approach’ them.
The Hollywood star adopted son Louis, now 11, in 2010 and her daughter Laila, who is now nine, in 2015.
Speaking on an upcoming episode of Red Table Talk with Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Norris, Bullock opened up about motherhood.
She said: “To say that I wish our skins matched, sometimes I do. Because then it would be easier on how people approach us.
“And I have the same feelings as a woman with brown skin, and it being her babies. Or a white woman with white babies.”
In response Smith said: “It’s the mother-child dynamic. There is no colour. We don’t have to put a colour on…”
To which Bullock responded: “Maybe one day that will go away. Maybe one day we will be able to see with different eyes.”
Bullock has previously said she had spoken openly to her son about racism from a young age.
Speaking to BET in 2015, she said: "It's an open conversation that we have. He fully understands what that means. He doesn’t understand why people judge each other based on the colour of their skin, but he knows they do.
“He also knows that there’s sexism, he knows that there’s homophobia. He knows a lot for a five-and-three-quarter-year-old."
She went on to urge other parents to speak to their children about sensitive topics such as racism while they’re young.
She said: "I think if you don't start the conversation very early on, you're doing them a disservice.
“I can't ride in a bubble with him. 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, you know.
“It’s not any conversation any parent wants to have with their child, is that you’ll be judged by the colour 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.
“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.”