Academy award winning actress and philanthropist Charlize Theron recently talked about her experience of growing up as a white person during Apartheid.
Speaking to her Gringo co-star David Oyelowo during a fundraiser for Nigerian children’s educational and health program GEANCO, Charlize said she felt privileged.
“I obviously am a white person who benefited from my white privilege… I grew up during the Apartheid era, I benefited from it. These children [today] were all born post-Apartheid era. I feel like it’s my duty to not let them forget and to also let them know that there is [unity], that I am with them, that we are all standing together,” she said.
The 44 year old also spoke about the organisations she supports in the country, such as HIV and AIDS charities which are mostly in rural areas where the disease is most prevalent.
The star said a lot of children don’t know who she is but feel a connection to her regardless. “A lot of those kids do not know who I am. Strangely, they always know that I am South African. And that’s heaven. It’s amazing to be around your sisters and to have that be the thing they know about you. It’s always moved me so much when they run up to me and say, ‘Hey, sissy!’)’ “