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Angela Bassett recently spoke with PEOPLE’s Editor-In-Chief, Jess Cagle, and opened up about her children experiencing racism. She explained, “Even from the age of four—from preschool. [My children] have had to deal with—as crazy as it seems or sounds, color issues. Or, because they were African-Americans, and whether other kids would play with them or have [an] issue with that. It can’t come from their young minds; it’s something that they’ve heard somewhere. You know?” She went on to say, “It just makes you gasp, and it squeezes your heart, sometimes, because you never want your kids to go through these sort of pains and issues. You thought it’d be much later, once they get their firm footing of who they are.”