For “Sex and the City” star Kristin Davis, the election of Donald Trump has not been sitting very well -- and it’s all because she’s a mother to a black child, 5-year-old daughter Gemma.
“I have to protect my daughter at all costs,” Davis said during an interview for WNYC’s “How I Got Over” radio show. “My initial thoughts [the day after the election] was that I wanted to move to the woods and learn to shoot a gun.”
“It makes no sense. I’m fully aware,” she said. “I’m 100 percent aware that it literally makes no sense but the fear of what is happening and how am I going to make sure that no one hurts my child, even in a subtle way, which was already a fear I had, honestly, but it just became so, so heightened.”
Davis, a South Carolina native, explained that she’s still dealing with the shock of the election result and the responses to it that havearound the country.
“Right now I want to be in the bubble. I don’t want to talk to any Trump people,” she said. “I grew up with some really ugly racism in front of me. Not in my family. We were at the university where things were cool, but around us was really, really not cool. And it was intensely illuminating and as a young person really shocking. And to think that my daughter is now going through a different version of this is pretty stunning and shocking.”
Davis explained that adopting her daughter in 2011 opened her eyes about race and white privilege more than they had been before.
“I thought I knew before adopting my daughter that I was in white privilege, that I understood what that meant,” she explained. “But until you actually have a child -- which is like your heart being outside you -- and that heart happens to be in a brown body, and you have people who are actively working against your child, it’s hard. It fills me with terror.”