“Empire" star Mz.Cookie "Taraji P. Henson" Spoke with Uptown Magazine on how she’s planning to send her 20 yr. old son, Marcel, to "Howard University". An easy decision after her son experienced racial profiling during his visit to "USC" "University of Southern California" earlier this year!
[Taraji P. Henson] stated, “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 told the magazine.
“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,” she said of her son, who attended a private high school in Los Angeles. “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.”
Henson, all to familiar with the Hash tag #BlackLivesMatter the situation becomes closer to home then she thinks! "Taraji" also attentend Howard University, after attending a prior University in North Carolina. Her father pushed her to attend the Theater Program at "Howard" since Taraji Dreamed of being a Big Actress! "The University of Southern California" released this statement late Monday Night, from executive director "John Thomas" the USC Departmnt of Public Safety:
"I was deeply disturbed to read news reports about a prospective student who felt profiled on or near campus because of his race. We encourage reporting of allegations of bias and I hope for the opportunity to have a conversation with the young man and his mother. I would like to look into this matter further and better understand who was involved and what took place. As someone who personally experienced racial profiling as a teenager, I have a stake in learning more about this incident and doing all I can to reach a just resolution. It is not clear to me which police departments were involved. Any allegation of bias or unequal treatment by university officers would trigger an investigation that I would supervise along with the university’s Office of Equity and Diversity. It is my expectation and that of the university that our department uphold the highest standards of constitutional policing, affording equal rights and respect to all persons."