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Charlize Theron: Racism ‘alive and well’ in US ‘under our new administration’

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Charlize Theron says she’s considering moving out of the United States rather than exposing her children to the racism that’s “alive and well” in parts of the country.

“I don’t even know how to talk about the last year under our new administration. But racism is much more alive and well than people thought. We can’t deny it anymore. We have to be vocal,” the “Tully” actress says in an interview with Elle published on Thursday.

The South African-born former model has two adopted children, six-year-old Jackson and two-year-old August.

{mosads}“Being raised during the apartheid era in South Africa made me so hyperaware of equality and human rights,” Theron, 42, says. “Of course, I have two black kids, but that was always something I was passionate about.”

Multiple polls released this year found that majorities believe President Trump is racist. And one from February reported that three-quarters of black respondents said his policies have been bad for African-Americans.

After a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., turned violent last year, Trump said there were “some very fine people” among the far-right activists.

Accusations of racism reemerged in January after Trump reportedly demanded to know during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers why the U.S. should admit immigrants from “shithole countries,” such as El Salvador, Haiti and some African nations.

“There are places in this country where, if I got a job, I wouldn’t take it,” says Theron. “I wouldn’t travel with my kids to some parts of America, and that’s really problematic. There are a lot of times when I look at my kids and I’m like, If this continues, I might have to [leave America]. Because the last thing I want is for my children to feel unsafe.”

“Building confidence for them right now is an oath I made to myself when I brought them home,” the Oscar winner says of her children to comedian Chelsea Handler, who interviewed her for the magazine’s May issue.

“They need to know where they come from and be proud of that,” adds Theron. “But they’re going to have to know that it’s a different climate for them than it is for me, and how unfair that is. If I can do something about that, of course I’m going to.”

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