Taraji P. Henson’s son racially profiled
Taraji P. Henson says she’s sending her son to Howard University so he will not be racially profiled by campus police.The Empire star opened up about her decision during an interview with Uptown Magazine.
“My child has been racially profiled. He was in Glendale, California and did exactly everything the cops told him to do, including letting them illegally search his car. It was bogus because they didn’t give him the ticket for what he was pulled over for. Then he’s at University of Southern California, the school that I was going to transfer him to, when police stopped him for having his hands in his pockets. So guess where he’s going? Howard University. I’m not paying $50K so I can’t sleep at night wondering is this the night my son is getting racially profiled on campus.”
In her interview with Uptown, Henson also discussed what she sees as growing opportunities for African-Americans in television. “It feels good that there’s not just one black person. I don’t like that we get fixated on one or two at a time, or three at a time. If you look at Caucasian Hollywood, every year there’s a handful of new faces you’ve never seen before, then after that, they got five movies coming out and they’re introducing you to more talent…”
Read the rest of Taraji’s interview with Uptown Magazine here.