Kristin Davis Speaks On Protecting Her Daughter From Racism, Doesn’t Want To Talk To Any Trump People
The actress recently spoke openly at The Green Space in NYC for a “How I Got Over” conversation on interracial adoption, admitting she’s even more aware of her white privilege as she’s had to protect her daughter Gemma.
“I am white. I have lived in white privilege,” Davis said. “I thought I knew before adopting my daughter that I was in white privilege, that I understood what that meant. But until you actually have a child, which is like your heart being outside you, and that heart happens to be in a brown body, and you have people who are actively working against your child, it’s hard. It fills me with terror.”
“I’m on the intense learning curve because I have to protect my child,” she said. “I might have had the intellectual learning curve that we all hope and wish we have, but it’s different than the actual life that you’re on the line for. I have to protect my daughter at all costs.”
Yes Mama Bear! And Davis says she’s been even more protective in the aftermath of Trump’s election:
“My initial thoughts on Wednesday morning was that I wanted to move to the woods and learn to shoot a gun. It makes no sense. I’m fully aware. I’m 100 percent aware that it literally makes no sense but … the fear of what is happening and how am I going to make sure that no one hurts my child, even in a subtle way, which was already a fear I had honestly, but it just became so, so heightened.”
“Right now I want to be in the bubble. I don’t want to talk to any Trump people,” she said. “I grew up with some really ugly racism in front of me. Not in my family. We were at the university where things were cool but around us was really, really not cool. And it was intensely illuminating and as a young person really shocking. And to think that my daughter is now going through a different version of this is pretty stunning and shocking.”
We’re just as shocked as you Kristin. At least Gemma has the advantage of having a high profile mom, wealth and access — a lot of other little brown girls and boys can’t say the same.
Davis also says she’s made it a point to help her daughter have self-confidence and pride and love the skin she’s in by giving her positive messages and keeping other examples of powerful and successful women around the house.
“I always tell her … that her curls are beautiful, your black skin is beautiful,” she said. “You’re beautiful. You’re powerful. You’re a goddess.”
“Serena [Williams] is a household fixture at our house,” Davis said. “And like Serena was on the cover of New York Times, and that thing sat there for six months. I work really hard at the representation part in terms of beauty, magazines.”
We’re definitely living in scary times. What kinds of issues have your children made you ore aware of? Have your kids been more fearful after the election?