Latifah Muhammad

Tyler Perry Becomes A Victim Of Racial Profiling, Say It Should Be A Hate Crime


Tyler Perry has made a career out of trivializing racial stereotypes, but apparently he doesn’t like a taste of his own medicine. The entertainment mogul, and rumored network owner, was questioned by Atlanta police for making an illegal turn, and alleges to have been racially profiled.

Perry made the turn to shake potential stalkers, but when the cops got hold of him, he claims to have been harassed, because of his skin color. In an entry on his Facebook page, Perry explained that the whole incident occurred as he was leaving his massive Atlanta studio. “A few days before President Obama was supposed to speak at my studio, I was leaving the studio, headed to the airport,” he wrote. “Most times when I leave the studio I have an unmarked escort. Other times I constantly check in my rearview mirror to be sure that I’m not being followed. It’s a safety precaution that my security team taught me. As I got to an intersection, I made a left turn from the right lane… and was pulled over by two police officers.”

Perry immediately pulled over, put his vehicle in park, and waited for the officers to approach. He informed them that he made the illegal turn to make sure he wasn’t being followed, to which the officer replied “Why do you think someone would be following you?’” Before he could respond, a second officer started banging on the passenger window of his car, demanding that he roll it down and put his foot on the break. Given the hostile response, (especially since he noted that the car was already in park), the 42-year-old concluded that the incident was racially driven.

A third officer—who just happened to be a Black man—pulled up as Perry was stepping outside of his car and took his associates out of earshot. He likely explained the Madea star’s status, because the officers became “apologetic.” Even though he was let go, Perry used the event to comment on racial injustices in this country, citing the killing of Trayvon Martin, and the disappearances of fellow Floridians, Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos—who were put in the backseat of a squad car eight years ago, and never seen again—as examples. “Although we have made significant strides with racial profiling in this country, the world needs to know that we are still being racially profiled, and until this situation has improved greatly, I’m not sure how a murder in Florida can be protected by a ‘stand your ground law.'”

He ended his post with a call to action.”RACIAL PROFILING SHOULD BE A HATE CRIME INVESTIGATED BY THE FBI!!!,” he wrote.

Granted, Perry does make a good point, but it’s hard to take him seriously since did admit to making an illegal turn and has made millions being a Black man in a dress.



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  • Nomahlubi Sanders

    “ make sure he wasn’t being following…”? Totally grammatically wrong.




    Nah. He ain’t nobody special. Welcome back to the real world madea, I mean Tyler!

  • Teria J.

    The author did not include key points of TP’s story:  1.) One of the cops reached into the car window and tried to turn the car off himself. 2) Both cops kept asking “what’s wrong with you? Why do you think you’re being followed?” without waiting for an answer.  In his FB post he says that he asked them to go ahead and write the ticket if that’s what they were going to do.  If they really wanted to know and if they thought it was in the best interest of the citizen safety and protection, they would have waited for a response instead of being sarcastic and patronizing AND they would not have been so apologetic after it was explained to them who he was.  What were they apologizing for?  Stopping him?  Why would they apologize for that?  They did what they were supposed to do in that sense.   I do not think that he should have been let go because he admitted he made an illegal left-turn, but if it the issue was that he broke the law, why was he let go?  Like he said, they should have just written the ticket and let man go.  But, that seemingly was not the issue.

  • profoundp

    What happen to tyler perry is a perfect example of racial profiling, and as the guy belong throughly explained they should have writtwn him a ticket and let him go.. the problem with the siuation is as explained you could very well see were it could have went south.. lucky for tyler perry he is famous and he was help out but just imagine if that was a regular black male that siuation could have gotten ugly fast.. blacks are not the only once profile sometime it youg people in general.. but to sit back and act like it doesnt exist because u havnt experienced it.. that just blatant ignorance..