Kristen Bell is vowing to raise her daughters to be â€œanti-racistâ€ and is sharing some suggestions with other parents about how they can educate their children, too.
The â€œFrozenâ€ star said she is leaning into discomfort, as global protests continue over the deaths of George Floyd and others whoâ€™ve died in police custody, by opening an honest dialogue with her kids. Bell shares two daughters â€• Lincoln, 7, and Delta, 5 â€• with her husband Dax Shepard.
â€œIâ€™ve been having a lot of conversations with my children about whatâ€™s happening right now because I think part of the problemâ€™s discomfort,â€ Bell said in an interview with Channel Q radioâ€™s â€œThe Morning Beatâ€ on Thursday. â€œJust because youâ€™re uncomfortable, that can never be the reason that a solution is not found. But I think a lot of people are uncomfortable as to how to talk to kids about it.â€
Instead of placing the burden on the Black community, Bell said itâ€™s the responsibility of white Americans to join in tackling these issues head-on.
â€œTheyâ€™re trying to survive. We need to figure it out,â€ she said.
â€œI showed my daughters some of the images that are happening right now,â€ she continued. â€œI think that they have more durability and more resilience than we give them credit for. I showed them specifically the parallel of what was happening in Michigan, where there were white people yelling in the face of cops, holding guns and nothing was happening, versus people that were sitting on the ground protesting peacefully, being tear-gassed.â€
Bell, in discussing the stark contrast in how police reacted to the anti-lockdown protests and the anti-racism demonstrations, said she asked her daughters questions like: â€œWhat kind of problems do you see with this picture?â€ and â€œTell me about what youâ€™re looking at right now?â€
â€œWe had a very honest, hard, uncomfortable conversation about what was happening right now because I will â€” this, you can put it on my gravestone â€” I will raise anti-racists,â€ she continued. â€œI will. I will talk about it with them forever.â€
She added: â€œWhen we send them into the world theyâ€™re going to be formidable, opinionated, kind, morally compassed women and Iâ€™m so grateful for that.â€
And to parents who might be sheltering their children from these types of conversations, Bell suggested giving their kids more credit.
â€œThey understand. They understand why when they are adults they will be putting their body between their Black brothers and sisters and someone trying to brutalize them if that need arises,â€ she said. â€œThey know that thatâ€™s what theyâ€™ll be doing, and they are 5 and 7.â€
But before you heap any praise on the â€œVeronica Marsâ€ alum, she said thatâ€™s not what sheâ€™s looking for.
â€œI am looking to be part of the solution,â€ Bell said, explaining that part of the process means owning up to mistakes. â€œThey need to post when they donate not for a pat on the back, but simply to say, â€˜Iâ€™m here, Iâ€™m listening, and Iâ€™m contributing.â€™â€