Angelina Jolie Opens Up About ‘Racism And Discrimination In America’ In Conversation About Raising Black Daughter

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Angelina Jolie opened up about “racism and discrimination in America” in a conversation about raising her black daughter, Zahara.

“There are more than 70 million people who have had to flee their homes worldwide because of war and persecution — and there is racism and discrimination in America,” the 45-year-old actress shared with Harper’s Bazaar UK in a conversation about the 15-year-old daughter she and ex-Brad Pitt adopted from Ethiopia. The comments were noted by the “Today” show in a piece published Monday. (RELATED: Celebrate Anna Kendrick’s Birthday With Her Hottest Looks [SLIDESHOW])


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“A system that protects me but might not protect my daughter [Zahara] — or any other man, woman or child in our country based on skin color — is intolerable,” she added. (RELATED: Check Out The Hottest Looks From The 60th Grammy Awards [SLIDESHOW])

Jolie continued, while noting that “we need to progress beyond sympathy and good intentions to laws and policies that actually address structural racism and impunity.”

“Ending abuses in policing is just the start,” the “Maleficent” star went on. “It goes far beyond that, to all aspects of society, from our education system to our politics.”

It all comes following protests across the country and world after the death of George Floyd, the man who died while in custody of a Minneapolis police officer.

At one point, the “Salt” star talked about about the protests and riots and said that it feels like the “world is waking up.”


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“The way people are rising,” Angelina shared. “Saying that they are tired with the excuses and half-measures, and showing solidarity with each other in the face of inadequate responses by those in power.”

“It feels like the world is waking up, and people are forcing a deeper reckoning within their societies,” she added. “It is time to make changes in our laws and our institutions — listening to those who have been most affected and whose voices have been excluded.”