Sandra Bullock is a proud mother of her two kids, Louis, 11, and Laila, 9.
In an interview this past Wednesday with Hoda Kotb, Bullock also spoke on the challenges of being a white mother to two Black children.
The 57-year-old, who adopted her two children, admitted she thought about whether or not being a white mother would impact how her Black children feel about her.
“That was on my mind when they were very, very, very young — is that, will they love me less because I don’t represent their culture?” she recalled thinking.
And while that concern is not in the forefront of her mind currently, she constantly wrestles with a deep seeded fear for the safety of her children, as their race alone can make them targets of hatred and violence. It’s something Bullock says she thinks about “24/7.”
“As a parent of a Black child you have to,” the 57-year-old explained. “You know, as a white woman, I didn’t have to think about that until the day I fell in love like I did. You realize that there is a whole universe that you have to educate yourself to.”
She added, “Once you see it, you can’t un-see it.”
And when it comes to her kids going off to college, well that down right scares the actress.
“That both excites me and scares the hell out of me!” she said with a laugh. “I have a daughter who is so frickin’ smart and so stealth. I mean, she’s a shape-shifter. Louie is a 100-year-old man in a 11-year-old body, and he’s just the philosopher and the laid-back guy.”
And in 2018, she shared with Hoda how Louis and Laila are her whole life.
“It’s my kids,” she said. “Everything is about them being OK, being in school, having what they need, their moments. I need to be there for every single moment that they have. It’s harder for me to leave them than I think it is for them when I leave. I don’t leave that much, and I don’t work that much anymore either. … So my priorities are my kids, my kids, my kids. My family. My family. That’s it.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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