“I don’t know how every person of color has gotten through this. I don’t understand how you could take this every day.” -- @KristinDavis— theGrio.com (@theGrio) July 9, 2019
Sigh...Kristin, you don't know the half, but shoutout to you for at least trying. https://t.co/oIG27dpLWz
Davis is opening up about being a white mom to two Black children
A baby boy she adopted in 2018, and daughter Gemma Rose, 7½, whom she adopted in 2011.
Davis was left outraged when people remarked that her baby girl would become “a great basketball player” someday. She observed another example of “institutionalized” racism.
Gemma was a bit older and “a young white girl holding a swing for her friend across the playground, even though Gemma had been patiently waiting her turn to,”
Davis said school administrators dismissed her and said, ‘We just see them all the same. We don’t see color,’
Being the mother of two Black kids has made Davis fully aware of her own white privilege.
"I don’t know how every person of color has gotten through this. I don’t understand how you could take this every day. This is what I want to say, from a white person adopting [black children]: You absolutely do not fully understand. There’s no doubt. There’s no way you could. Should White People Adopt Black Kids? It’s one thing to be watching [racism] happening to other people and it’s another thing when it’s your child. And you haven’t personally been through it. It’s a big issue. I will never be black, no matter how hard I try. … That is the truth, and we have to accept it. And therefore I will never be able to say to Gemma, ‘I understand how you feel because this happened to me.’ That’s what’s painful and hard.”
Davis has made it her mission to put her daughter in situations “where I was the only white person.”