SATC’s Kristin Davis Terrified To Raise Black Daughter In Donald Trump’s America
When many people think of Kristin Davis, they automatically think of Charlotte from Sex and the City. But there’s so much about Davis, outside of her popular character, that people probably don’t know. For instance, she is a committed animal rights activist and speaks on behalf of refugees and women who are victims of sexual assault in the Congo as a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Davis is also a mother of a Black child. She adopted daughter Gemma Rose Davis in 2011, who is now five years old. She admits that since the election of Donald Trump on November 8, she’s been terrified for her child.
“I am white. I have lived in white privilege,” Davis said while speaking at The Greene Space in NYC for a “How I Got Over” conversation on interracial adoption. “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.”
Davis said her outlook on parenting has had to change.
“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.”
She continued, “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.”
Part of Davis’s fear comes from her own experiences with racism while growing up in South Carolina.
“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.”
So Davis does her best to try and affirm Gemma, to ensure that she always sees people who look like her. That includes Serena Williams.
“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.”
But aside from representation, Davis also makes certain that her daughter feels as beautiful as she is.
“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.”
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