Taraji P. Henson

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Being a celebrity’s son does not shield you from social injustices – just ask Taraji P. Henson‘s son. In an interview with Uptown Magazine, the actress shared how her son was recently racially profiled while at enrolled at the University of Southern California.

Because of it, she decided to enroll her 20-year-old son, Marcel, at Howard University, an HBCU. From Uptown:

“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,” Henson explained.

“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.”

While it’s not a guarantee that her son won’t be profiled on a black college campus, it’s a step in the right direction to Henson.

Do you think Taraji made the right move?

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