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Kim Kardashian reveals she’s been ‘sickened’ by racism in personal essay

Kim Kardashian, left, and Kanye West attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" on Monday, May 5, 2014, in New York.

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The noble fight against racism has a new spokesperson. The unexpected news is that spokesperson is Kim Kardashian.

Although she's busy planning her upcoming nuptials to rapper Kanye West, the reality star took the time out to rail against racism in an open essay published on her personal website.

Titled "On My Mind," the 366-word missive finds Kardashian in a curiously contemplative frame of mind as she opens on the marvels of motherhood and, more pointedly, her concerns of raising baby daughter North in a world riddled with racism.

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"To be honest, before I had North, I never really gave racism or discrimination a lot of thought," writes Kardashian. "It is obviously a topic that Kanye is passionate about, but I guess it was easier for me to believe that it was someone else's battle."

But apparently Kardashian's personal stance on racial equality recently received a wake-up call.

"I've read and personally experienced some incidents that sickened me and made me take notice. I realize that racism and discrimination are still alive."

Most likely Kardashian is referencing the incident that took place at the Vienna Ball in February, when she stormed out of the event (she was reportedly paid $500,000 U.S. to appear there) upon being confronted by a partygoer in blackface posing as her fiancé.

Kardashian and West appeared together on the April issue of Vogue magazine – the first interracial couple to receive the honour.

But of course with great power comes great responsibility and for reasons not entirely clear, the 33-year-old Kardashian has suddenly taken it upon herself to assume the role of a modern-day Mother Theresa.

"I feel responsibility as a mother, a public figure, a human being to do what I can to make sure that not only my child, but all children, don't have to grow up in a world where they are judged by the color of their skin, or their gender, or their sexual orientation," she writes.

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Of course, Mother Theresa never made a sex tape.

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