Sandra Bullock says she's "absolutely" talking to her son, Louis, about racism. Credit: John Shearer/WireImage
Being a parent isn’t easy, especially when there are difficult lessons to be taught. But Sandra Bullock is making sure that her son, Louis, is aware of racial bias. In a new interview with BET, the Our Brand Is Crisis star, 51, revealed that she is “absolutely” already talking to her 5-year-old about racism.

“He fully understands what that means,” the Oscar-winning actress said when asked about teaching her little boy, who is black, about prejudice. “He doesn’t understand why people judge each other based on color of their skin, but he knows they do. He also knows there’s sexism, he knows that there’s homophobia.”

Though Bullock may prefer to protect her son from all evils in the world, she also understands that she needs to prepare him. “I want him to know the truth, but I also want him to know the good in the world as well,” she said. “Those are hard conversations to have. It’s not any conversation any parent wants to have with their child, is that you’ll be judged by the color of your skin rather than the content of your character. But it exists, and I want him to be safe and I want him to be aware.”

As for teaching him about prejudice at such an early age, the Gravity star says she believes it’s for the better. “I think if you don’t start the conversation early on, you’re doing them a disservice,” she said. “Once he leaves that house and I’m not with him, it’s his life and how he approaches it is his decision. But I want to know that I did the best I could as his mom to educate him on the ugliness in the world, and also the beauty.”

Bullock adopted Louis from New Orleans in 2010 amid her divorce from then-husband Jesse James. The couple had started the adoption process together, but after it was revealed that James had several affairs, the actress filed for divorce and proceeded to adopt the little boy as a single parent.

The actress is now dating photographer Bryan Randall, whom she had hired to photograph her son’s birthday party in January. “Bryan’s a child whisperer,” a source previously told Us Weekly. “I’ve never met a kid who didn’t love him.”

As Us exclusively reported, the handsome former model recently moved in with Bullock. “Bryan and Sandra are homebodies,” a source told Us, and the couple enjoys spending quiet evenings as a family with Louis.

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