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Tyler Perry Sending Philadephia Campers to Disneyl World

Tyler Perry Turns Act of Racism Into Trip For Inner City Kids

It's a shame when narrow minded people make the world an ugly place for children. Earlier this month, a private Philadelphia swim club was accused of discriminating against youngsters from an inner-city Summer camp who paid to swim at the facility. After some racist comments were made by pool patrons, the camp's check was returned and the 65 participants were told they were no longer welcome there. Parents like to believe the world is a better place for their kids, but incidents like these taint that vision.

Actor, writer and producer, Tyler Perry decided to step in and turn this negative situation into something positive for the children involved. The talent has offered to send the campers to Disney World and treat to all of the expenses — transportation, hotel, admission and food. He said:

"This is awful, and for anyone that has grown up in the inner-city, you know that one small act of kindness can change your life. I want them to know that for every act of evil that a few people will throw at you, there are millions more who will do something kind for them. This is all about the kids."

A trip to visit the Mouse sounds much better than a dip in the pool.

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HM.. I don't know the details of the story, BUT the gesture Tyler Perry made is a nice one. And, hopefully it brings good things to those children who might otherwise not have such a positive experience. I think that reverse-racism, over sensitivity, affirmative action, etc. are all detrimental to our society, BUT what Perry did was an altruistic act and should definitely be commended! It would be nice if more people stepped in to do things like this for inner-city children OF ALL COLORS, and not just because of a controversy. I think it's acts like this that truly do help children of poverty, whom also lack education, see the world as the wonderful place it is and give them hope and determination for their own future.
Nadia24gv Nadia24gv 8 years
"Smileyface", why would I say that if I HADN'T seen his awful movies? lol
Dana-Ann Dana-Ann 8 years
Uh, Lickety Split, the exact comment as taken from NBC Phili: "There was concern that a lot of kids would change the complexion … and the atmosphere of the club," John Duesler, President of The Valley Swim Club said in a statement. Change the COMPLEXION??? If that's not BLATANT racism, nothing is. Good for Tyler Perry, more celebrities should use their money for things like this.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
that isn't what happened. there were several youth groups that bought memberships. there was a misunderstanding in that the club didn't realize all of the kids would be coming at the same time. the facility didn't have the staff or the room in the shallow end of the pool, for each youth group to have all their members in there at once. all the memberships were refunded. they spoke with people from other youth groups and they all said the same thing. there isn't always an ugly story. sometimes it's just a misunderstanding. good for tyler for stepping up, but there was no "evil".
Pampire Pampire 8 years
Aww how sweet and generous of Tyler Perry to do that for those kids, we need more people like him in this crazy world! What the heck is wrong with some people? Hopefully one day we won't have to deal with anymore racist idiots like that and we can all live together in this world and accept people for who they are whether its their race or sexual preference or whatever! One day hopefully!
runningesq runningesq 8 years
What a wonderful, wonderful gesture :)
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
That disgusts me about the pool but is up lifting what he did for those kids.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
You know a lot of celebs do these types of things whether it genuine or for publicity, but this gesture seems so genuine.
smileyface smileyface 8 years
Nadia have you ever seen a Tyler Perry movie? His movies are not about black stereotypes and I am offended you would say that. Rather, his movies take the way close minded people think about black people and show that those perceptions are not true. But anyway, he did a wonderful thing to make those kids feel better about themselves after such a terrible thing happened to them. Kudos to him and I wish more people would do such wonderful things as PinkNC said.
Nadia24gv Nadia24gv 8 years
All of his movies are filled with closed minded stereotypes about black people. He should be ashamed of himself.
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
Now that's a wonderful man. To bad more people with money can't be like him. Those poor kids should have never been treated that way. They will never forget that experience and names they were called at that pool.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
That's a great move on Tyler's behalf, and I hope it brings some smiles to the kids' faces. What a generous man. Still, it breaks my heart and angers me that the kids still have to deal with the blatant discrimination and racism they faced. What is WRONG with people? Those kids, their parents, and the community deserve a sincere apology (and, I'd say, some action in the form of diversity education/dialogues for the racist staffers) from the swim club.
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