‘Empire’ Star Taraji P. Henson Won’t Stand for Her Son Being Racially Profiled
Taraji P. Henson transferred her son from a California university to a historically black college in Washington, D.C. amid fears he had fallen victim to racial profiling by police in Los Angeles.
The Empire star is convinced her 20-year-old son Marcel was treated unfairly in two incidents with cops in California, so she decided to send him to school in a different state.
In an interview with Uptown magazine, Henson recalls, “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 $50,000 so I can’t sleep at night wondering is this the night my son is getting racially profiled on campus.”