Tyler Perry shares stories of Jewish ally to black community amid Kanye West’s anti-Semitism

Tyler Perry fought back against Kanye West‘s recent barrage of anti-Semitic comments by sharing his family’s personal connection to the Jewish community during his childhood.

“This first photo is of my mom with these adorable kids she worked with at a Jewish community center,” the filmmaker captioned an Instagram post depicting his mom’s class of 3-year-olds at the Jewish Community Center preschool. “I remember one day she came home from work devastated because there was a bomb threat and my mother was horrified that there were people who wanted to blow up a building full of children because they were Jewish.

“I blurred their faces, but think about it. It brought her back to the pain of having to live through the bombing of a church in Alabama where three little black girls died,” he continued, emotionally tying the moment to his mother’s experience during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Perry then went on to explain that his mother “made sure I knew what black people and Jews have endured in common” and made a moving argument about the critical role allies can play in helping marginalized people regardless of race, ethnicity or believe. .

“Not only did she teach me about slavery, but she also taught me about the Holocaust,” he wrote. “But as she taught me about all of our shared pains, she also taught me about the allies that Jews have been for black people. For example, look at the founding members of the NAACP—it took allies to get us to a better place in this country and the allies were not like us.”

In another slide, Perry shares photos of Andrew Goodman, James Earl Chaney and Michael Henry Schwerner, three civil rights activists from New York who were abducted and killed in what became known as the Mississippi Burning Murders. At the time, the trio had been working to register black voters in Mississippi.

“It was Jewish allies who were murdered in Mississippi trying to help us get the right to vote,” Perry continued. “I could fill this post with so many examples, including my own allies that I work with today who have helped me grow a business that has allowed me to hire more black people than most businesses in Hollywood . No one can do it alone. Reject hate!!”

While Perry didn’t directly reference Ye in the post, the rapper created his own downward spiral in recent weeks by making increasingly disturbing anti-Semitic claims in the press, prompting several brands, from Balenciaga and Adidas to Gap and Foot Lockerto cut ties with him.

Read Perry’s powerful post about the ally below.

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