Besides being in the midst of a pandemic, racism and police brutality still bare their ugly heads. Black people who were unarmed have continued to be gunned down this year. Black people who aren’t doing anything illegal have been policed by white people who unnecessarily call the cops as well. These happenings put fear in the hearts of mothers raising Black children, like actress Kerry Washington.
On September 21, her chat with Jemele Hill for her “Jemele Hill is Unbothered” podcast will be released and listeners will hear her discuss how she deals with teaching her children about racism, according to People. In one part of the interview, she shared that she gets “scared” being in certain neighborhoods.
“No matter what I do, no matter how many Emmy nominations, I am still scared at times to scooter in neighborhoods with my kids where I feel like somebody could call the cops,” Washington said. “Because that cop may never have seen Scandal. I still have that very real fear.”
The American Son actress said she takes her duty to explain the Black experience seriously when it comes to her two children, her three-year-old son Caleb and six-year-old daughter Isabelle.
“I know that might sound crazy and corny, but I really try to think about, what do I need to be doing right now to take care of myself so that I am present for them, to be able to answer the questions of, ‘Who is this girl, Breonna Taylor, on my T-shirt?’ And, ‘Why do we want to arrest the cops?’ To be having those conversations with young children, it requires a lot of presence and ability to navigate their journey with this information and to be there for them because there’s so much uncertainty in the world.”
Washington, a Bronx, New York native, said that no matter how famous she is she will continue to speak “from [her] heart” when it comes to her experience as a Black woman and racism.
“When I speak about this country, I speak as a mother, I speak as a woman, I speak as a Black person,” she said. “I speak as a kid who grew up in the Bronx, across the street from the projects. I don’t speak as a Hollywood elite. I speak as somebody who’s the mother of Black children, as somebody who had student loans way longer than I thought I would. I speak as somebody who cares about my community and the community that my family lives in, my extended family.”