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Taraji P. Henson’s Racial Profiling Claims Gets Response From University of Southern California

Taraji P. Henson’s comments on her son’s racial profiling has gotten so much traction that the public safety department of the University of Southern California has made a statement.

As the Inquisitr reported, Taraji P. Henson told Uptown that she had to pull her son Marcel out of the University of Southern California because he was racially profiled. While near the campus, she said her son was stopped by police for having his hands in his pockets.

She goes on to explain the racial profiling Marcel had to endure. “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.”

According to the Wrap, the University of Southern California’s Department of Public Safety has decided to release a sympathetic statement in light of this story making news.

The Department of Public Safety Director John Thomas seemed bothered by the incident and empathized with Taraji P. Henson.

“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.”

He continued, “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.”

Taraji P. Henson has good reason for transferring her son to Howard University. Henson attended the college herself, and aside from that, it’s a historically African American college, located in Washington, D.C.

To read the full statement, click here.

What do you think of the statement released by Marcel’s former college?

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