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June 03, 2020

How Tyler Perry Reacted to Protests after Speaking with George Floyd's Family

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Tyler Perry broke his silence on the nationwide protests sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer and revealed his efforts behind the scenes.

In the days since CNN's Don Lemon shockingly called out many of the most influential figures among Hollywood's elite, more celebrities have broken their silence on the death of George Floyd

During coverage of the scenes of the protests in Los Angeles, Lemon named Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Drake, and Ellen DeGeneres among the people her urged to use their influence to speak on the movements against police brutality.

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Perry has finally broken his silence to reveal the work he has been doing behind the scenes in supporting the protests. 

In a lengthy typed-out note, he wrote that he had had an "extremely heavy heart’" while engaging in high-level talks with people power, including white and black Republicans and Democrats.

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Perry described the diverse group of people he has been communicating with as "people who don't look like me, people who may not believe what I believe, people who don't know what it's like to be black in America but are willing to listen."

The media mogul also revealed that he spoke to George Floyd's family, and tried to comfort them. He said they shared their desire for peaceful protests.

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Perry made it clear that he was protesting just as passionately as the people in the streets and assured the public that he was doing his part.

"Others of us have the gift of being able to pick up the phone and go straight to the people who have the power with the stroke of a pen to effect change," he argued.

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Perry ended his post with videos showing rarely seen stories of peaceful protests. The clips also showed incidences of the police and protesters uniting.

One commenter admitted, "this bought me to tears too! I wish that more people could unify!" With his post receiving a lot of mixed reactions one person said, "Tyler Perry, you need to stand up a little more, my brother." Another fan praised his actions.

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The four officers involved in the arrest that led to George's death have been fired from the police force for the roles in the incident.

Derek Chauvin, who was the officer that had him pinned down with his knee to George's neck, has been jailed for manslaughter and third-degree murder.

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