Tyler Perry Recalls Incident In The Workplace Before Billionaire Status: ‘As Offended As I Was By That As I Left, I Never Forgot That’
“When it’s done. I’ll tell you this quick story: I was interviewing for a job in Metairie, La., back when I was 19, 20 years old. David Duke [former leader of the Ku Klux Klan] had been elected [to the Louisiana House of Representatives]. I went to do a job interview and there were four or five white men who all interviewed before me. The manager interviews all of them, never interviews me. I see him give my application to a salesman. The salesman takes me into the office. I knew that I didn’t get the job but he’s asking me all these questions. He looks at my application, like, “You didn’t finish college, you didn’t finish this application. You never finish anything.” As offended as I was by that as I left, I never forgot that. Finishing is so important to me,” Perry said, according to the Wall Street Journal.