Yesha Callahan

Taraji P. Henson’s Claims of Son Being Racially Profile Sparks USC Investigation


Taraji P. Henson’s claims that her 20-year-old son was racially profiled on the campus of the University of Southern California, has sparked an investigation by the campus’ chief of police. In an interview with Uptown, Henson said after her son Marcel was racially profiled, she decided to send him to Howard University.

USC’ Public Safety Director John Thomas issued a statement about Henson’s claims:

“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.”

In her interview, Henson stated that her son was profiled by cops because he had his hands in his pockets.

  1. March 26, 2015 - Reply

    A day late and a dollar short. The geniuses in law enforcement might want to try the novel approach of treating people right the first time around.

  2. March 26, 2015 - Reply

    The only reason they are looking into this is because non-Black media outlets such as “Good Morning America” are reporting on this story.

    That article with Taraji is old. All of a sudden when certain media outlets pick this up, it’s now relevant. SMH

    • March 26, 2015 - Reply


      Exactly! And especially because of her recent “mainstream” fame. Trust that the gears are turning to try and find some discrepancy or something else that she may have said or done in order to try and bring her down. They’re so concerned about profiling now that their school’s practices are being put on blast. What about the hundreds or more of non-celeb black young men who have dealt with the same treatment for years. Where’s the investigation into that? Or does this Public Safety Dir. believe we’re silly enough to believe that this is the ONLY reported incident and is somehow foreign to the normal campus practices. These staged acts of concern are more angering than they are comforting because of their insincerity.

      • March 26, 2015 - Reply


        Yes, and Hollywood is at fault also. You are correct. The success of “Empire” is another reason for this faux concern from the school. What about Taraji’s son before “Empire”? Was his life important prior to his mother being on the #1 new show of the entire television season?

        • March 26, 2015 - Reply


          Smart and wise!

  3. March 27, 2015 - Reply

    Then i read that she apologized to the police officer for racially profiling her son she said she overreacted.

    • March 27, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      Hi Mary, can you tell me which website you saw the apology article on?

      • March 27, 2015 - Reply


        Go to the webaited for LA Times

    • April 1, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      Yep, I thought there would be a follow up article or at least an update to this article pointing that out.

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