Joshua Jackson, best known for his roles in shows such as Dawson’s Creek and Fringe, and his lover, actress Jodie Turner-Smith, who stars in the upcoming Tom Clancy adaptation Without Remorse, are looking to raise their children outside the United States because of “white supremacy.”
In an interview with Britain’s The Times in Los Angeles promoting her upcoming film Queen & Slim, Jodie Turner-Smith, who is seven months pregnant, refused to confirm whether she and Jackson got married saying, “I haven’t said to anybody, ‘Yeah, we got married.’ People are assuming whatever they want, but when people tell me ‘Congratulations,’ I say, ‘Thank you.'”
While she didn’t confirm whether she has married Jackson, she did talk about some reactions she received after it was reported she had married Jackson.
Turner-Smith stated, “There was this wave of people who were upset that I was possibly married to a white man.”
She continued, “In America interracial dating or marriage is not something that is as accepted.”
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Turner-Smith then added, “Certain people feel strongly against it, in both communities. I felt it from the black community. It is so complicated. I don’t want to give it too much energy. The horrific things that people were saying, it makes you…”
After a pause, she added, “I’m learning there are certain things I have to really keep for myself.”
She then expresses concern about raising her kids in the United States indicating she would rather raise them in Canada.
“The racial dynamics over here are fraught. White supremacy is overt. It’s the reason I don’t want to raise my kids here.”
She added, “I don’t want my kids to grow up doing active shooter drills at school.”
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Turner-Smith also has issues with raising her kids in the United Kingdom saying, “England has gone off the rails.”
She then picks Canada, “So I was thinking maybe Canada.”
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Not only did Turner-Smith discuss why she doesn’t want to raise her kids in the United States, but she also detailed her experience touring London modeling agencies. She described them as “kind of racist.” She added, “It was awful. I would hear things like, ‘Well, we’ve already got one black girl. Well, she’s mixed race, but she’s our black girl and anyway she doesn’t work much.”
The Queen & Slim actress continued, “They wanted a version of blackness that was more palatable to their clients: lighter, different hair. I was dark-skinned with no hair. Or they wanted you to look obviously African.”
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She added, “They treat you like shit — be seen and not heard. I was never that calibre of model where I’d be treated like anything other than an interchangeable body.” However, she did take a positive light on it saying, “but it gave me the thick skin I needed to be an actress.”
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Turner-Smith would also discuss her arrival in America after her mother moved to Gaithersburg, Maryland.
“So I was really excited when I came to America about meeting black people. But it was a huge culture shock, because I was rejected by the black community. They were like, ‘You talk like a white girl.’ People would call me an Oreo. All I wanted was acceptance.”
In order to obtain that acceptance she indicated she began practicing in front of a mirror:
“I would practise in the mirror, talking in a way that I thought was like black American: cutting you down with my words in five seconds if you came for me.”
What do you think of what Jodie Turner-Smith’s thoughts on not raising her children in the United States?