Hollywood actor Tyler Perry had powerful messages to Americans on discrimination when he received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Oscars ceremony on Sunday night.
Perry advised Americans to reject the hate mantra currently lurking across the United States. But he did not mean the typical propaganda on racial equality that the government is endorsing; his call for less hate was much more different.
In his Oscars speech, he talked about his beloved mother, Willie Maxine Perry, who had taught him the valuable quality of refusing to hate while living in a Jim Crow South in Louisiana.
“She taught me to refuse blanket judgment, and in this time, and with all of the internet and social media and algorithms and everything that wants us to think a certain way, the 24-hour news cycle, it is my hope that all of us, would teach our kids, and I want to remember, just refuse hate.”
“Don’t hate any body,” Tyler again suggested.
He then said some words Americans from all parties, and social views can take into account.
“I refuse to hate someone because they are Mexican or because they are Black or white or LGBTQ. I refuse to hate someone because they are a police officer. I refuse to hate someone because they are Asian.”
Tyler declared he refuses to follow the targets of hate that have divided Americans lately. The trends of discrimination that has caused heated disagreement with non-stop protests, violence, and unjust suffering.
He gave a call for staying “in the middle” between the present political feud, and he had very good reason for that.
“Stand in the middle ’cause that’s where healing happens. That’s where conversation happens. That’s where change happens. It happens in the middle,” the 51-year-old Oscars winner said while wrapping up, “so anyone who wants to meet me in the middle, to refuse hate, to refuse blanket judgment, and to help lift someone’s feet off the ground, this one is for you too. God bless you and thank you Academy. I appreciate it. Thank you.”
Watch his speech on compassion from Sunday night:
Tyler Perry accepts Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award "I refuse to hate someone because they are Mexican or because they are Black or white or LBGTQ. I refuse to hate someone because they are a police officer. I refuse to hate someone because they are Asian." pic.twitter.com/FjpTaYhKUu
— ABC News (@ABC) April 26, 2021