Howard Still Haunted By Racist Fight In Santa Line

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Actor Terrence Howard hopes his gritty new movie Crash goes some way towards correcting America's racial stereotyping troubles - because racism left him fatherless when he was a child.

The movie star, who plays a black director victimised by a racist cop (Matt Dillon) in the hard-hitting drama, still recalls the incident, when he was three, that cost his father his freedom - after a bigot took exception to the fact that his mixed race dad had a black wife and three black sons.

Howard reveals the towering thug mistook his father for a white man while they were standing in line to see Santa in a department store, and took exception to the fact he wasn't.

The actor recalls, "The next thing you know this guy has picked up my father by the throat from behind and takes him over to the wall and has my father pinned up on the wall, like a ragdoll, strangling my father.

"I'm sitting there screaming with my brothers... `Get off of my father.'

"After the man had kneed him in his groin enough times to where blood was streaming down his leg, my father finally grabbed something and started sticking (stabbing) the man trying to get him to let him go.

"The man collapsed and my father's screaming, `Please don't die, please don't die.' The police come (sic) and took my father away."

Unfortunately, the man did die as a result of the Santa line fight, and Howard's young life was turned upside down when his father went to prison.

"My father was an insurance salesman at the time and we lived in the suburbs but when my father went to prison we were forced to move into the projects, which subjected us to more racism because here I am, this light-skinned, green-eyed kid in the middle of the projects in 1970."


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Thank you for sharing this heart-wrenching story.Please be aware, however, that it is inaccurate for the writer of this article to wrongly refer to Terrence Howard, his siblings and his mother as being Black (i.e. 'mono'-racial) when Terrence Howard himself has openly described BOTH of his parents as being Mixed-race (i.e. 'multi'-racial).Howard has made it clear that BOTH of his parents are Mixed-race -- and that his dad was simply 'whiter' in appearance then either he, his mom or his siblings.Mixed-race lineage is not uncommon among people who are members of the 'multi'-racial 'Ethnic' group commonly misnomered as being 'African-American' (AA).Contrary to popular myth, the AAs are NOT a 'mono'-racial 'black' group (or even a "race" group of any sort at all) -- -- but rather -- genetic studies have proven that more than 70% of the people who are born to two AA parents are actually of a Multi-Generational Multi-racially Mixed (MGM-Mixed) / Tri-racial (black-white-Amerindian) lineage.To learn more about this and other 'multi'-racial (i.e. mixed) 'Ethnic' groups, feel free to visit any or all of the three (3) -- all new Mixed-race online discussion groups.http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed /ANDhttp://groups.yahoo.com/group/MGM-Mixed/ AND http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FGM-Mixed/
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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/880 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/883 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MGM-Mixed/
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