A pregnant Hollywood actress declared in a recent interview that she would not raise her children in the United States because of “overt” white supremacy.
Jodie Turner-Smith, 33, spoke to the Sunday Times in an interview published late last month about the plans she and fellow actor Joshua Jackson, 41, have for their family.
“The racial dynamics over here are fraught. White supremacy is overt. It’s the reason I don’t want to raise my kids here,” she told the British outlet.
“I don’t want my kids to grow up doing active shooter drills at school,” the “Queen & Slim” star added.
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Turner-Smith was born in Peterborough, England and moved to the U.S. after her parents’ divorce.
Jackson, known for his roles in teen TV drama “Dawson’s Creek” and the “Mighty Ducks” films series, was born in Canada but lived in California until the age of 8. He holds dual U.S.-Canadian citizenship.
During her conversation with the Sunday Times, Turner-Smith, who is black, said she was “really excited when I came to America about meeting black people.”
However, she was disappointed with her experience, saying black people in America criticized her for talking “like a white girl” and labeled her an “Oreo.”“All I wanted was acceptance,” she told the Sunday Times.
Turner-Smith said she and her partner are considering raising their children in Canada. Her native Britain is not an option.
“England has gone off the rails,” she said.
Turner-Smith also revealed that some people in the black community were upset about her relationship with Jackson, who is white.
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“There was this wave of people who were upset that I was possibly married to a white man,” Turner-Smith said. “Certain people feel strongly against [interracial dating or marriage] in both communities.”
Cover image: Jodie Turner-Smith. (Screen grab)