Reality television star Kim Kardashian took to her blog on Wednesday to discuss how her biracial daughter has completely changed her perspective of racism and discrimination in America.
It was only a few months ago that Kim expressed a desire to raise a color-blind child. But after coming face-to-face with racism and discrimination against her daughter, she’s getting a harsh lesson in the realities of racism.
In what might be one of Kim’s most open and honest blog posts yet, the famous Kardashian admits that before having baby North she figured that racism was “someone else’s battle.”
“To be honest, before I had North, I never really gave racism or discrimination a lot of thought,” she wrote. “It is obviously a topic that Kanye is passionate about, but I guess it was easier for me to believe that it was someone else’s battle. But recently, I’ve read and personally experienced some incidents that have sickened me and made me take notice.”
While she never gave details of any of the incidents, Kim has been at the center of racist backlash ever since she announced she was pregnant by rap star Kanye West.
At one point, West became involved in a physical altercation with a man who called Kim a “n****r lover.”
Comments on her social media have also revealed the ugly truth that racism is extremely prevalent in America, with a significant number of commenters taking shots at North’s biracial heritage.
The situation has completely changed Kim’s outlook on racism.
“I realize that racism and discrimination are still alive, and just as hateful and deadly as they ever have been,” her blog post continues. “I feel a responsibility as a mother, public figure, a human being, to do what I can to make sure that not only my child, but all children, don’t have to grow up in a world where they are judged by the color of their skin, or their gender, or their sexual orientation.”
The curvy star said that the first step, however, is for her to realize that it is no longer (and it never was) “someone else’s battle.”
“So the first step I’m taking is to stop pretending like this isn’t my issue or my problem, because it is,” Kim wrote. “It’s everyone’s…because the California teenager who was harassed and killed by his classmates for being gay…the boy in Florida who was wrongly accused of committing a crime and ultimately killed because of the color of his skin, they are all someone’s son and someone’s daughter.”
Now instead of wishing that her daughter will never see color, Kim went on to say that she wants to “ensure that hate is something our children never have to see.”