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June 05, 2020

Eartha Kitt's Only Daughter Says '#MyMotherWasMyRoleModel' & Shares Photo of Her Amid Protests

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Kitt McDonald Sharpio looked up to her mother throughout her life, after the Hollywood star fell victim to racism several times, yet she chose to treat others fairly.

Kitt McDonald Sharpio was born out of interracial marriage -- her mother, Eartha Kitt, was a black actress and her father, Bill McDonald, was a white businessman.

Recently, as unrest filled the streets in light of the death of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter movement, the “Batman” star’s daughter paid tribute to her late mother on social media.

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SHARPIO’S ROLE MODEL

Sharpio shared a black and white photo of her mother alongside a quote from the actress that read, “I have used all the manure that has been thrown on me, as fertilizer, to make me stronger.”

The post came with several hashtags, including one that described the late Emmy Award winner as a role model.

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After enduring criticism and maltreatment because of her skin color throughout her life, Kitt still taught her daughter to be a respectful person. 

Shapiro recalled her mom once teaching her a valuable lesson at five years old, after seeing a “gross” slug. 

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“Kill it!’” she recalled saying. “[Eartha] just looked at me and said, ‘You don’t have to like it, and you don’t have to think it’s pretty, but that slug has just as much right to exist as you do.’”

It has been several years since the actress’ peak in Hollywood and struggles with racism, yet many parts of the world still remain the same. 

KITT’S EXPERIENCE WITH RACISM

The “St. Louis Blues” star grew up a colored child, although she did not know much about her identity. Abandoned as a child, Kitt only had a hunch that her father was a white man because of her light skin.

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“In 1927, to be a light-skinned black person in the South was just as horrible as being a black person in the white South,” Shapiro said. “My mother was not accepted by the black community.”

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The actress made it big in the entertainment industry despite her skin color, especially when she made history as the first black woman to take on a role as a white man’s romantic partner.

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Kitt was also never ashamed to speak her mind, which cost her several hateful letters from different people who attacked her race.

The Hollywood star passed away in 2008 from colon cancer. “She carried the scar of rejection with her all her life,” Shapiro said. “She was rejected for her skin, ironically by both black and white.”

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BLACK LIVES MATTER

It has been several years since the actress’ peak in Hollywood and struggles with racism, yet many parts of the world still remain the same. 

However, just like Kitt, several people aren’t afraid to speak their mind, now more than ever, following George Floyd’s tragic death.

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Among them is Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker’s daughter Sophie, who, at a young age, protested on the streets to fight justice.

The proud parents documented and shared photos of their daughter on social media as she stood in the sea of people who demanded the safety of black people in America.

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