Angela Bassett, star of “Black Panther” told People that she doesn’t believe children are born with prejudice, that racism “can’t come from their young minds.” She said, instead, “it’s something that they’ve heard somewhere.”

But that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with.

Bassett revealed to People that her children, twins Bronwyn and Slater, experienced racism from a surprisingly early age.

She said:

“Even from the age of four, from preschool, they’ve had to deal with — and as crazy as it seems or sounds — color issues. Or because they were African Americans, and whether other kids will play with them or have issue with that.”

The 59-year-old wife of actor Courtney B. Vance said the bullying:

“Just squeezes your heart because you never want your kids to go through these sort of pain issues.”

Bassett and Vance, who have been married for over 20 years, welcomed their children in 2006 via surrogate, reports People.

The real life mom plays Ramonda, the mother of king T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, in the movie.

According to People, the movie, Marvel’s first black superhero movie, is being praised for the positive influence it is having on young viewers— including Bassett’s 12-year-old twins.

As Forbes reports, the critically-acclaimed film earned a milestone $1.1 billion worldwide at the box office since the movie’s February release.

In 24 days, Black Panther grossed $562 million domestically and is now the second highest grossing comic book superhero movie of all time in North America. The Avengers, which grossed $623 million is the highest domestic grossing superhero film to date.

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