Words from Tyler Perry’s Acceptance Speech at the 2021 Oscars:
“My mother taught me to refuse hate. 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 will teach our kids—and not only to remember—just refuse hate. Don’t hate anybody.”
“I refuse to hate someone because they’re Mexican or because they are Black or white, or LGBTQ. I refuse to hate someone because they’re a police officer. I refuse to hate someone because they are Asian. I would hope that we would refuse hate.”
“I want to take this Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and dedicate it to anyone who wants to stand in the middle, no matter what’s around the walls, stand in the middle because that’s where healing happens. That’s where conversation happens. That’s where change happens. It happens in the middle. 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.”
Joe’s Perspective: Tyler Perry received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 2021 Oscar Award Show. He gave a great speech. He encouraged us to reject hate and to reject blanket statements. This is the most basic tenet of humanity. Almost every parent has taught a child not to judge a book by its cover. Likewise, you should never hate someone because of who they are of even their profession. You can’t stereotype an entire group of people based on the actions of others. To me, what makes his speech so receptive is that he speaks to everyone. He said that he stands in the middle, and he reminds us that hate can go both ways. Hating police is no better than hating black people. We all need to reject hate and find our humanity in the middle.
Your Turn: What do you take away from Tyler Perry’s powerful acceptance speech?