Actor and son of Master P, Romeo Miller who is the host of The Mix produced by Tameka “Tiny’ Harris spoke out on racial profiling and recalled a time when he was held at gunpoint by the police until they recognized him while he was near UCLA.
During a recent episode of The Mix, Miller shared with his co-hosts how he was profiled by cops near UCLA. The 31-year-old started off by saying if you get pulled over near UCLA it is best to have your camera rolling because they don’t play any games. Romeo added that when he was pulled over, he was approached by a black officer at gunpoint, who then asked him was the car he was driving stolen. The former ‘Growing Up Hip Hop’ reality star said he told the officer to relax and invited him to check his license and registration.
“In UCLA, you get pulled over there, you better have that camera recording because they don’t play no games. The guy pulled me over at gunpoint, a Black cop, and he was like ‘Is this a stolen vehicle?’ I’m like ‘Relax. Just come check my registration and get my driver’s license,” Romeo Miller shared.
The ‘I Got The Hook Up 2’ actor continued to say that once the officers realized who he was they told him he was good and thought he was just a random black dude. The ‘Ex On The Beach’ host explained how he fears for his younger brothers who are taller than him and look like grown men that may experience what happened to him and not get a break because they are not famous.
“I have little brothers that look like grown men and it’s like, what are they going to go through if they don’t realize, ‘Oh I know you from TV, so you’re not a threat,” Romeo Miller said. “It’s sad that we’re looked at as a threat because of the color of our skin. But it is real. I’ve been in that situation too many times.”
Tamara Anderson is a freelance writer in the Chicagoland area. She has featured articles in multiple entertainment and hip-hop media outlets.