Sex and the City's Kristin Davis "devastated" by racism towards her African American children

Posted by Akila, 09 Jul

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Sex and the City actress Kristin Davis has opened up about the racism her two adopted children have faced throughout their lives.

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As the mother of two adopted African American children, the actress was the perfect person to weigh in on the “should white people adopt black kids?” debate on the latest episode of Red Table Talk.

“Because my children are African-American, I feel like it is my duty and my job to do as much research, as much work, build as many bridges as possible, because you are their community, and that is key, and that is so important,” the 54-year-old SATC star told Red Table Talk host Jada Pinkett Smith and her mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones.

“It’s one thing to be watching racism happening to other people and it’s another thing when it’s your child.

“And you haven’t personally been through it. It’s a big issue. It’s something I think about every day and every night.”

Through tears, Kristin recalled being “horrified” when Gemma (now 7) was a baby and people told her she would make a “great basketball player” when she grew up.

She also referenced how Gemma had been excluded and treated differently in her “mostly white” school, with school officials being reluctant to help.

“Well, you don’t know what those other girls are thinking. We just see them all the same. We don’t see color,” Kristin recalled being told by members of staff, who brushed of all accusations of racism and exclusion.

“It was a very harsh moment of understanding. 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 then finished by adding that, as a white mother, she sadly has to accept that she could never fully walk in her children’s shoes and experience racism first hand…

“It lit a fire under me where I couldn’t be relaxed or casual about racism,” Kristin added.

“But I will never be black, no matter how hard I try.

“That is the truth, and we have to accept it. And therefore I will never be able to say to Gemma, ‘I understand how you feel because this happened to me.'”

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  1.   utilajack says:
    Posted: 11 Jul

    The first question is why doesnt she have a black male mate who can teach her about these issues and stand up for his family?

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