Taraji P. Henson Won't Send Son to USC Due to Alleged Racial Profiling
The ‘Empire’ actress said her son was racially profiled near the campus.
Nobody messes with Cookie's sons, or Taraji P. Henson's in real life.
Henson’s son won’t be joining the impressive list of celebrity kids (Patrick Schwarzenegger, Greer Grammer and Rob Kardashian) who attended the University of Southern California. In an interview with Uptown magazine, the Empire star revealed that she won’t be transferring her 20-year-old son Marcel to the university after he was allegedly racially profiled near the campus.
"Police stopped him for having his hands in his pockets,” Henson explained.
This isn’t the first time Henson has expressed that the cops have illegally stopped her son.
"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,” said Henson. “It was bogus because they didn’t give him the ticket for what he was pulled over for.”
Racial profiling is VERY REAL!!! It has happened to me but to my son more and he is only 20!!! Something needs to be done. #SERIOUSLY— Taraji P. Henson (@TherealTaraji) January 5, 2015
Henson said that due to her son’s experiences, she’s decided to send him to Howard University, a historically black college and, coincidentally, her own alma mater where she studied theater. She originally chose to pursue electrical engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
“So guess where he’s going? Howard University,” said Henson. “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.”