In an essay published in People magazine, Tyler Perry wrote his thoughts on racial injustice and police brutality in America.
"I'm exhausted from all the hate and the division, the vitriol that I see online from one to another," the filmmaker writes. "I'm exhausted from seeing these kinds of senseless murders play out over and over again with nothing changing in our society."
Tyler Perry wrote on various topics ranging from George Floyd, a Black man who was killed after a white Minnesota police officer kneeled on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 setons. He also discussed getting stopped and frisked in New Orleans and Atlanta.Related: Looking for a Job? Tyler Perry Studios is Now Hiring
"The level of racism and brutality that George Floyd faced is something that we as black people know all too well," he wrote. "When I saw that video, I had so many raw, guttural emotions. I felt for him and his family. I felt for all of us as black people. I felt for my 5-year-old son."
Tyler Perry is considering how to explain racism to his 5-year-old son. He says he wants to inspire hope.
"Looking at his young face, I often ask myself how to broach this conversation: How will I explain that even though Mr. Rogers once said, 'Look for the helpers,' sometimes those very helpers will judge his skin before they recognize his humanity," he wrote.
"I know that as his father, a black man in America, it is my duty to prepare him for the harsh reality that awaits him outside of the watchful eyes of his loving parents. It will be a hard, heartbreaking conversation, but one that I must have and will have soon."
Tyler Perry offers to pay for all funeral expenses for the family of Rayshard Brooks, according to the family's attorney. Tyler Perry will also pay college tuition for Rayshard Brooks' chidden.
"Support like that, people who are actually in the community that love the community that wants healing, and families like this should never have to go through something like this. It's a step forward, and we want to thank him," the Brooks family attorney Chris Stewart said.
An Atlanta police officer killed Brooks on Friday after officers responded to a call about a man sleeping in a car at a Wendy's restaurant.
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