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Tyler Perry speaks out against racial profiling at Atlanta’s airport

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Tyler Perry (Photo credit: / lev radin)

Media titan Tyler Perry has taken a firm stand against the racial profiling allegations involving the Clayton County Police Department (CCPD) at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, spotlighting the experiences of entertainers Eric André and Clayton English. Perry’s advocacy comes in the wake of a racial discrimination lawsuit filed by the two celebrities, who claim they were unjustly targeted by authorities.

Understanding the allegations

In an op-ed for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Perry expressed his views on the broader implications of racial discrimination, stating, “Every act of racial discrimination is a broken promise, an affront to our dignity, an insult to Atlanta’s history.” He highlighted statistics indicating that a disproportionate number of Black passengers were stopped by CCPD’s airport drug unit, despite Black travelers constituting only a small percentage of the airport’s domestic passengers.

The incidents that led to Perry’s Op-Ed

Perry’s involvement includes participating in a friend-of-the-court brief supporting André and English’s lawsuit. Both men were reportedly stopped by plain-clothed officers just before boarding their flights, despite having been cleared by the TSA. Perry emphasized that these incidents are indicative of a larger issue where Black individuals are often viewed with undue suspicion and subjected to unequal treatment by law enforcement.

The impact of racial profiling

Perry’s op-ed sheds light on the consequences of racial profiling, including the seizure of property without criminal charges. He cited that the CCPD confiscated nearly $1 million from travelers in a short span, with no subsequent charges. Perry’s voice adds to the chorus of those calling for an end to racial profiling, underscoring the need for respect and constitutional protection for Black individuals in encounters with police.

As Perry poignantly wrote, “…we are reminded that, as Black people, we are viewed — even by our own government — as less worthy of respect and constitutional protection than our white friends, neighbors, and colleagues.” His advocacy serves as a reminder of the ongoing struggle for equality and justice within the Black community.

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