Worry is the reality for black parents in America. If your child is of driving age, it is likely they are going to be racially profiled by the police. It is something we live with in this country.
Racial profiling was the driving force in Taraji P. Henson’s decision on where her son would attend college. She recently sat down with Uptown magazine to discuss the success of her hit show “Empire” on FOX and shared her decision.
“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,” she said.
“My child has been racially
She then added, “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.”
Her decision was to send her son to an HBCU in an effort to minimize the risk of being racial profiled by police officers. She decided to send her son to Howard University.
As a parent, I can definitely understand Henson’s decision. We all try to do what is best for our children. My caution to her and all parents is understanding we cannot shield them from this crazy world forever. At some point in time, they are going to be on their own and have to face the storm.
Hopefully, they are prepared…..but I don’t blame Henson for trying to delay those moments as long as possible.
SOUND OFF: Do you think Taraji is doing the right thing by sending her son to an HBCU instead of USC?
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