Katherine Heigl deler hjerteskærende opslag om sin datter

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Den amerikanske skuespiller Katherine Heigl blander sig nu i den verserede debat om race og racediskrimination, der har raset i USA, siden den sorte George Floyd døde under en brutal anholdelse i Minneapolis.

I et hjerteskærende opslag på instagram spørger den 41-årige skuespiller, hvordan hun skal kunne beskytte sin blot otteårige datter, der er sort.

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Page 1. I’ve debated posting this. I don’t typically use my platform or social media to say much when it comes to the state of our country. I keep most of those thoughts to myself. I act quietly and behind the scenes. I let those with far more experience, education and eloquence be the voices for change. But I can’t sleep. And when I do I wake with a single thought in my head. How will I tell Adalaide? How will I explain the unexplainable? How can I protect her? How can I break a piece of her beautiful divine spirit to do so? I can’t sleep. I lay in my bed in the dark and weep for every mother of a beautiful divine black child who has to extinguish a piece of their beloved baby’s spirit to try to keep them alive in a country that has too many sleeping soundly. Eyes squeezed shut. Images and cries and pleas and pain banished from their minds. White bubbles strong and intact. But I lay awake. Finally. Painfully. My white bubble though always with me now begins to bleed. Because I have a black daughter. Because I have a Korean daughter. Because I have a Korean sister and nephews and niece. It has taken me far too long to truly internalize the reality of the abhorrent, evil despicable truth of racism. My whiteness kept it from me. My upbringing of inclusivity, love and compassion seemed normal. I thought the majority felt like I did. I couldn’t imagine a brain that saw the color of someone’s skin as anything but that. Just a color. I was naive. I was childish. I was blind to those who treated my own sister differently because of the shape of her beautiful almond eyes. Or her thick gorgeous hair. Or her golden skin. I was a child. For too long. And now I weep. Because what should have changed by now, by then, forever ago still is. Hopelessness is seeping in. Fear that there is nothing I can do, like a slow moving poison, is spreading through me. Then I look at my daughters. My sister. My nephews and niece. George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. The hundreds, thousands millions more we haven’t even heard about. I look and the fear turns to something else. The sorrow warms and then bursts into flames of rage.

Et opslag delt af Katherine Heigl (@katherineheigl) den

- Jeg bruger ikke min platform eller sociale medier til at sige noget, når det kommer til vores samfunds tilstand. Jeg plejer at holde mine tanker for mig selv. Jeg arbejder stille og bag scenen. Jeg lader dem med langt mere erfaring, uddannelse og veltalenhed være stemmerne for forandring.

- Men jeg kan ikke sove. Og når jeg gør det, vågner jeg op med én tanke i hovedet: Hvordan skal jeg fortælle Adalaide? Hvordan skal jeg forklare det uforklarlige? Hvordan skal jeg beskytte hende?, spørger Katherine Heigl indledningsvis i sit opslag.

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Katherine Heigl og Josh Kelly blev gift i 2007 og har tre børn: O 2009 adopterede de datteren Naleigh fra Sydkorea. I 2012 adopterede de Adalaide, og i 2016 fødte Heigl sønnen Joshua. Foto: MEGA

Adalaide er hendes otteårige datter, der er sort. Og det er netop datterens hudfarve, der nu får hendes mor til at bekymre sig.

- Det har taget mig alt for lang tid at se virkeligheden af den afskyelige sandhed om racisme. Min hvidhed har holdt det væk fra mig.

- Men nu er den hvide bobbel, der altid har været ved mig, begyndt at bløde. For jeg har en sort datter, skriver Katherine Heigl videre i sit opslag.

I et andet langt opslag sætter den 41-årige “Greys hvide verden”-stjerne ord på sagen omkring George Floyd, der døde i politiets varetægt 25. maj.

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Page 2. Rage. I’m not sure what most think justice looks like but right now, to me, it looks like a hard, ugly life in prison for Officer Chauvin and the others who just stood there. On their phone. I want them to pay. I want that payment to be harsh. I want it to be a painful, irrevocable consequence for their evil acts and behaviors and for those consequences to scare the shit out of every other racist still clinging to their small, stupid minded hate. The hate that soothes their weakness and cowardice. The hate that makes them feel powerful and in charge. The hate that distracts them from their meager-ness. There may have been a time when I cared to try to change the mind of a racist. To show them through example and just the right words they are wrong. I don’t care anymore. For their hearts or minds or souls. I don’t care if they die with their ugliness stamped all over them. They can take this shit to their maker and he can deal with them. What I want is for them all to be so scared by Officer Chauvin’s consequences that they are afraid to breathe in the direction of a black man, woman or child. Let alone try to hurt them. I want them to shake in their beds at night for fear that they too could end up like Chauvin. I want him to be an example of what happens to a racist in this country. I am aware that this rage is not very Christian of me. Or is it? Jesus got pretty damn mad at the temple. God brought the floods, the famine, the locust and the pillars of salt. Perhaps rage is part of the divine. Perhaps the heavens want our rage right now. Perhaps our rage is theirs. All I know is that I want it to end. Today. Forever. Whatever it takes.

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- Jeg ved ikke, hvad de fleste mener er retfærdighed, men for mig er det en hård, ulækker livstidsdom for politibetjenten Chauvin og de andre, der bare stod der. Med deres telefoner, skriver skuespilleren, inden hun tilføjer:

- Jeg vil have, at de bliver straffet. Jeg vil have, at den straf bliver hård. Jeg vil have, at der er en smertefuld og uigenkaldelig konsekvens for deres onde handlinger, skriver skuespilleren, inden hun til slut skriver, at hun ikke længere orker at ændre en racists tankegang:

- Der har været mange gange, hvor jeg forsøgte at ændre en racists tankegang. At vise dem via eksempler og rigtige ord, at de var forkert på den.

- Men nu er jeg ligeglad. Ligeglad med deres hjerte og tanker og sjæl. Jeg er ligeglad, hvis de dør med deres grimhed ud over dem, skriver hun videre.

Katherine Heigl og Josh Kelley blev gift 2007 og har tre børn sammen: I 2009 adopterede de datteren Naleigh fra Sydkorea.

I 2012 adopterede de Adalaide og i 2016 fødte Heigl sønnen Joshua.

 

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