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Regina King Says Teaching Her Son About Racism Is A "Constant Conversation"

Regina King Says Teaching Her Son About Racism Is A 'Constant Conversation'
June 4, 2020 - 21:20 / Amanda Stanford

Regina King is opening up about the struggles of racial disparities in the United States, and that for her and her family, the discussion of racism is a constant conversation. 

Regina King opens up about race

Regina King is opening up about the reality many African American families face today, and talks about the types of conversations she must have with her son.

During an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, King opens up about about a less than favourable dinner table conversation she's forced to have.

“I think, in most Black homes, it’s not just a conversation, it’s an ongoing conversation,” King says to Jimmy Kimmel. “It never stops."

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King is a mother to a 24 year old son, Ian Jr. whom she shares with her ex, Ian Alexander Sr.

“You get to a place, especially when your children are at an age where they are looked at as adults, and the anger that they have – it just compounds, every time something like this happens,” she explains, addressing the current protests breaking out across the United States in regards to the George Floyd murder.

Another moment that’s telling them that they’re not worthy, they’re not valuable. Their lives aren’t valuable," she said.

She continued to say, “Once they walk outside of the comfort of their home, the conversation shifts, every time. You have to find a way to support their feelings and make sure you are letting them know that you hear them and that you do mirror the same sentiment, but you don’t want them to do anything that’s going to put them in a situation where they may not come back home."

"It’s a constant conversation, always." she said.

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For the actress, she finds power in fighting back every time she finds herself at a ballot box.

I feel like the protesting that’s happening is necessary. These recent charges that just came up against the other three officers would not have happened without the protests," she says.

"But still we have officers in Louisville who have not been charged for Breonna Taylor’s murder and there are so many other cases like that, and I’m just convinced that the only way we’re going to change is to get out and vote, and not just in the presidential elections but on the local levels, and that means voting every year," she concluded.

Watch the full clip below. To find out how you can help, visit Black Lives Matter.