With police brutality against Black Americans showing no signs of slowing down and ignorant racists across the country attacking the Black Lives Matter movement, it’s clear that Black America is suffering greatly from racism and violence. And it’s not just everyday people in our community who suffer from racism. Even our stars and celebrities have felt the sting of being oppressed and profiled, and recently veteran actor Morris Chestnut opened up about his own experiences of being profiled by police.
In a new interview with The Grio, Chestnut spoke about Boyz In The Hood and the major impact it had on shedding a light on the problems with race that Black people endure in America. During his interview, Chestnut explained how as a youth he was stopped by the police on multiple occasions just because of the color of his skin.
“When I grew up, I was always racially profiled. I got stopped quite a bit. I graduated high school at 18 years old, and one of the neighbors down the street, a young well-to-do person, he had an old Porsche. He let my mother buy the Porsche for me. It was very inexpensive. I would drive the Porsche around, and because I was a young black male driving a Porsche, I was getting pulled over all the time. For nothing. I definitely have those experiences,” Chestnut explained.
Chestnut then spoke about how he’s tried to teach his son about the realities of racism that he’ll face being a Black man.
Read what Chestnut had to say, after the cut.