"A system that protects me but might not protect my daughter – or any other child, woman or man in our country based on skin colour – is intolerable" - Angelina Jolie on why fighting injustice is no longer something we can ignorehttps://t.co/QBw9Pv30hV— BazaarUK (@BazaarUK) June 12, 2020
Angelina Jolie has given an interview to Harper's Bazaar about oppression, racism and domestic violence in the age of covid.
Photos taken by her son Knox.
- After almost two decades of international work, the current situation in the US regarding the pandemic and racism has prompted Angelina to shift her focus to domestic work. "A system that protects me but might not protect my daughter – or any other man, woman or child in our country based on skin colour – is intolerable."
- She says society needs to progress beyond sympathy and good intentions to laws and policies that actually address structural racism (from education to politics) and impunity. "Ending abuses in policing is just the start."
- When asked for advice on how to teach children about racism and race, Angelina says to just listen and never assume you know what the oppressed are feeling.
- Regarding the pandemic, she is most worried for refugees and women/children in abusive households. She hopes post-pandemic, the focus on efforts to make structural change to protect vulnerable people carries on.
- Angelina goes on to say child protection services are not properly funded and we should not accept excuses from our politicians and leaders that other issues are more important than protecting children and young girls. "We still turn a blind eye to domestic violence. We often don’t believe survivors, we don’t put the rights of children first or take their trauma seriously."
- Angelina has spent the pandemic caring for the family pets, reading Time magazine and social media from BLM activists and recently watched the documentary I Am Not Your Negro.
Angelina Jolie for Harper’s Bazaar | 📸: Knox Jolie-Pitt pic.twitter.com/aAWNU7tO5Y— best of angelina jolie (@bestofajolie) June 12, 2020