‘I benefited from white privilege’ – Hollywood star Charlize Theron

South African Hollywood actress Charlize Theron has admitted she has benefited from “white privilege” growing up in apartheid-era South Africa, entertainment paper Variety reports.

Theron, who was born in the South African town of Benoni in 1975, spoke at an annual fundraiser for an educational and health program for Nigerian children.

She said:

“I obviously am a white person who benefited from my white privilege. I grew up during the apartheid era, I benefited from it.”

“These children [today] were all born post-Apartheid era. I feel like it’s my duty to not let them forget and to also let them know that there is [unity], that I am with them, that we are all standing together,” the Oscar-winning actress added.

Apartheid, a system of institutionalised racial segregation, was dismantled in the 1990s.

However, racial relations are still complicated in the country.

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First published 15.10.19: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-africa-47639452

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