Race became a big part of the U.S. presidential election, and now that Donald Trump has been elected president, there are many who fear that minorities will face a renewed level of persecution just like in the bad old days before the Civil Rights Movement.
One celebrity who’s facing those fears head on is former “Sex and the City” star Kristin Davis, who admits that her “white privilege” has fallen by the wayside now that she’s the adoptive mother of a five-year-old black daughter.
In an interview about adoption with WNYC’s Rebecca Carroll, Davis explains that she didn’t really experience the implications of racism until she became a mom.
“I am white. I have lived in white privilege. I thought I knew before adopting my daughter that I was in white privilege, that I understood what that meant,” she says. “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.”
After a campaign filled with racist rhetoric, Davis admits her fears became amplified once Trump’s victory sank in. “I’m on the intense learning curve because I have to protect my child,” she says. “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 adds: “My initial thoughts on Wednesday morning were 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 per cent 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.”