Tyler Perry says he’s avoiding talking about race with his 7-year-old son

Tyler Perry says he's avoiding talking about race with his 7-year-old son

Tyler Perry has revealed he’s not yet interested in having “the race conversation” with his 7-year-old son, Aman.

The filmmaker made the startling revelation in an interview with AARPas he opened up about fatherhood.

In an effort to shield his son from the harsh realities of the world, Perry said he is putting off “conversation” with his son, whom he shares with model Gelila Bekele, for as long as possible.

“I didn’t have the conversation with Aman because he’s only 7, and I want to hold on as long as possible,” Perry told the nonprofit.

“I don’t want to tell him that there are people who will judge him because of the color of his skin, because right now he’s in a school with all races, and all these kids are in their shape. the purest. When he describes his friends, he never defines them by race,” he explained.

“So the moment he loses that innocence is going to be a very, very sad day for me.”

Perry said he wanted to protect his son from the harsh realities of the world.
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But Perry made it clear he knew the conversation would happen any day now.

“I know it’s coming, though, because he’s already asking some really tough questions,” he said. “What I want him to be, more than anything, is someone who sees injustice, speaks out, and makes a difference.”

    Model Gelila Bekele (L) and writer/director Tyler Perry attend the 6th annual charity
Perry shares seven-year-old son Aman with model Gelila Bekele.
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Perry said the other reason for wanting to protect his son from the world was that he was “not famous”.

“I want him to have as normal a life as possible. I want him to know what it’s like to have your own name and your own life and not have the pressure of trying to be at the height of whatever or whoever your father was,” he added.

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