"That's How Early It Starts"

Djimon Hounsou’s son, Kenzo Hounsou, has been the victim of racial slurs at the age of 10-years-old. The youngster’s father recently told the press about the experience and how he handled the situation.


“I went to pick up my son from a soccer game one time, and he says to me that some other kid called him the N-word, and so that’s how early it starts,” Djimon shared. “So he’s wondering, ‘Why do you have to call me that word, and what’s so different about me that you have to patronize me like that?'”

Djimon asked Kenzo to show him the child who used the derogatory term. “I was actually at the game,” the celebrity father said. “I said, ‘Which kid?’ So the kid was getting in the car and left.” Djimon did not attempt to contact the child any further. He instead decided to use the experience to teach his son a lesson.

“I said, ‘Well, don’t take that personally. Some people just feel insecure, and they just feel like they have to call you some kind of derogative, you know,'” Djimon said.

It was nearly two years ago that Djimon Hounsou took his son to Benin in an effort to help Kenzo get in touch with his heritage. Benin has a rich culture that includes the major tribes of Fon, Aja, and Yoruba. The landscape of the country is also beautiful.

Kenzo is Djimon Hounsou’s son with Kimora Lee Simmons. Stay tuned for more celebrity father news!

Photo: Getty Images



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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