Actor Terrence Howard who plays a black director in the recent film Crash is no stranger to the pain that racism can cause. He can still recall how at the age of three, a racist thought that his mixed-race father was white and took took exception to the fact that he had a black wife and three black sons.
In front of his family, the man viciously attacked Terrence's father who ended up stabbing him in self defence. Unfortunately the man died and Terrence's young life was turned upside down when his father was sent 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.'
Terrence hopes the movie Crash will go some way towards correcting America's racial stereotyping.