Reese Witherspoon Says Parents Should Talk to Their Kids About Racism After George Floyd’s Death


Reese Witherspoon revealed that she had a meaningful conversation with her son, Tennessee.

The actress wants parents to talk to their children about racism, hate, and privilege after the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody this week in Minneapolis.

"Last night at dinner, my 7-year-old asked why all the grown ups were so upset. We spoke to him about what happened to George Floyd," she shared on Instagram.

Witherspoon, the 44-year-old actress, said it was "heartbreaking," trying to explain bigotry and racism to her son who "did not understand why anyone would treat another human being that way."

She said that as a white mother, having a conversation about racism with her white son was not "nearly as heartbreaking as being one of the families who have experienced loss and harassment and discrimination daily."

The "Legally Blonde" actress said that what happened to George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and many others cannot go without justice.

"Please talk to your children about racism, privilege, bigotry, and hate," Witherspoon said. "If you aren't talking to them, someone else is."

Several protests have broken out across the country since many saw Floyd, an unarmed black man, whose neck was pinned down by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Former President Obama and other high-profile athletes and actors turned to social media to voice their outrage over Floyd's death.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Seth Rogen, Steve Carell, and Ben Schwartz have set up and begun donating to a fund to help bail out Minneapolis protesters.

Actor Jamie Foxx addressed Floyd's death in a video, saying: “I’m not a celebrity, I’m from Texas. These are my brothers. This means everything because at the end of the day, when we see you guys out here on the front lines, we want to let you know you've got support”

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