Djimon Hounsou recently shared his reaction to 10-year-old son Kenzo Lee Hounsou — whom he shares with ex, Kimora Lee Simmons — being called the N-word by a peer.
The “A Quiet Place 2” actor, 55, recalled the exchange with his son following a soccer game.
“I went to pick up my son from a soccer game one time and he says to me some other kid called him the N-word. That’s how early it starts,” Hounsou said on SiriusXM’s “The Clay Cane Show”. “He’s wondering, ‘Why do you have to call me that word?’ I was wondering, ‘When do they start to get treated like a second class citizen?’”
When asked how he handled the moment, the Oscar-nominated actor said he asked his son to point out the foul-mouthed kid, who was already getting in his own parents’ car to leave. He then offered the fifth grader a few words to cope with being so deeply disrespected.
“I said, ‘Well, don’t take that personally. Some people just feel insecure and they just feel like they have to call you some type of derogative [word].’”
Hounsou and Simmons, 44, are currently in a legal battle over Kenzo, with the “Blood Diamond” star requesting joint custody from the Baby Phat founder last August. In an interview with TMZ, Hounsou claimed Simmons purposefully kept Kenzo from him last Father’s Day and she has accused him of being an absentee dad.
Kenzo is Housou’s only child.
[via Page Six]