Tyler Perry, who is arguably a multimillionaire as a result of perpetuating racial stereotypes, is now accusing Atlanta Police of racially profiling him. The film guru was stopped by police for making an illegal turn, and admits he was guilty of the maneuver, but Terry claims he made the turn to avoid stalkers.
"A few days before President Obama was supposed to speak at my studio, I was leaving the studio, headed to the airport," he wrote on his Facebook page. "Most times when I leave the studio I have an unmarked escort. Other times I constantly check in my rear-view 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."
The officers allegedly took a hostile approach, which spurned the racial profiling accusations that Perry is pressing. After Perry claimed that he feared he was being followed as an explanation, the officers began to question him.
"Why do you think someone would be following you?," one officer questioned. Before Perry 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.
Tyler took profound offense to the officers' attitudes and noted the experience as nothing more than racially driven. Via Facebook, he referenced the disappearances of Terrence Williams, Felipe Santos and the senseless murder of Trayvon Martin.
"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 concluded his Facebook post by writing,
"RACIAL PROFILING SHOULD BE A HATE CRIME INVESTIGATED BY THE FBI!!!,"