Why Jodie Turner-Smith & Joshua Jackson Won't Raise Kids in the U.S.: 'White Supremacy Is Overt' https://t.co/r2cZezf8a8— People (@people) January 28, 2020
In an interview with the Sunday Times published last weekend, Jodie Turner-Smith, 33, opened up about her relationship with Joshua Jackson, 41. Jodie revealed they’re considering raising their baby elsewhere.
“The racial dynamics over here are fraught. White supremacy is overt. It’s the reason I don’t want to raise my kids here. I don’t want my kids to grow up doing active shooter drills at school.”
When asked where they could possibly go: “England has gone off the rails,” the British actress said, “so I was thinking maybe Canada.”
Jodie's parents are Jamaican and she was raised in Peterborough, England. After her parents divorced, her family moved to Gaithersburg, Maryland. Jodie talks about how she had a hard time fitting in with the other black children.
“So I was really excited when I came to America about meeting black people. But it was a huge culture shock, because I was rejected by the black community. They were like, ‘You talk like a white girl.’ People would call me an Oreo. All I wanted was acceptance,” she said.
Jodie also opened up about the prejudice she has experienced being in an interracial relationship.
“There was this wave of people who were upset that I was possibly married to a white man,” she said. “In America interracial dating or marriage is not something that is as accepted. Certain people feel strongly against it, in both communities. I felt it from the black community. It is so complicated..."
Jodie said that she is trying to not give the hateful comments "too much energy" and she's learning to keep somethings for herself.