Sandra Bullock Responds To Criticism Of Her Adopting Black Children

Contributed by Lauren Taylor

The topic has always been controversial, white parents adopting Black children. Being in the eye of the public when notable white celebrities decide to adopt Black children, they immediately deal with backlash and questions from society.  

It happens extremely often now as celebrities such as Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, Madonna, and more have adopted Black children. Sandra Bullock adopted two Black kids, her son Louis in 2010 and her daughter Laila in 2015, and opens up about doing so.


Appearing as a guest on the new episode of Red Table Talk, Bullock discusses her experiences with Louis and Laila. Co-Host Jada Pinkett-Smith asked Bullock,  “Have people ever been like, well Sandy why would you adopt two black children?” In response, Bullock said, “No one would say that to my face.”

According to Essence, Bullock says “I love who they are,” when referring to her kids. “Every day I get to see who they are. I am one of the lucky individuals that gets to be around my children all the time and see who get to grow up to be.”

During the episode, she shared it would be easier for people when approaching her family if she and her children shared the same skin color, “To say that I wish our skins matched, sometimes I do. Because then it would be easier on how people approach us.”

In reference to racism, Bullock said, “Sure. Yeah. A lot of it. Guess what? Not my problem. Your sickness is not my problem.”

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