The 51-year-old actor, who is dad to two biracial kids, Oscar and Ava with wife Deborra-Lee Furness, took to his Instagram, and revealed he looks to his mentors for advice on when he’s unsure what to do in times like this.
“…I reach for the words of my mentors who’ve helped guide me through life. One of those mentors is Nelson Mandela. He said ‘Racism must be opposed by all means that it has at its disposal. No truer words have been spoken,” Hugh wrote.
He continues, “I was taught, and try to teach my kids: the balance between the head and the heart, between emotions and reason is very difficult. My instinct is always that when emotion is high, I try to call on reason. And when my brain is dominating, I try to open my heart.”
“My emotions tell me that we need to take this tragic loss (and all those that came before) to change systemic racism the world over. My reason tells me one size does not fit all. We need to listen and begin to try and understand.”
Hugh opened up about deliberately adopting biracial children in 2009 with Parade magazine.
“Mixed-race babies have such a hard time being adopted that Deb and I checked off that box specifically when we were filling out our forms,” he mentioned. “Our lawyer brought the form back to us and said, ‘This is not the time to be politically correct. Are you sure this is what you want? We were definite about it.”
He went on to say that it was “the best thing we’ve ever done.”