Terry Crews is facing backlash, yet again, for his comments about the Black Lives Matter movement.
On Tuesday, the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” actor wrote in a tweet, “If you are a child of God, you are my brother and sister. I have family of every race, creed and ideology. We must ensure #blacklivesmatter doesn’t morph into #blacklivesbetter.”
Almost immediately, an overwhelming amount of social media users criticized the “America’s Got Talent” host, as they believe his message distorts the meaning of the BLM advocacy.
“Gah. You could have left out that last sentence. No one wants to be better. We want to be treated fairly and equal,” wrote one social media user.
“Terry. what in the actual hell? this is the very definition of a strawman argument. why would you suggest a movement created to advocate for the prosecution of cops/citizens responsible for racially motivated killings could somehow morph into ‘we’re better,’” wrote another.
Bernice King, the youngest child of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, also responded to Crews’ tweet, writing, “Justice is not a competition.”
“We’re so far from that bridge, Terry. #BlackLivesMatter is, in part, a rallying cry and a protest slogan to galvanize people into doing the justice work needed to derail the deaths, dehumanization and destruction of Black lives that racism causes,” Bernice added.
Earlier this month, Crews made headlines when he tweeted, “Defeating White supremacy without White people creates Black supremacy. Equality is the truth. Like it or not, we are all in this together.”
Defeating White supremacy without White people creates Black supremacy. Equality is the truth.— terry crews (@terrycrews) June 7, 2020
Like it or not, we are all in this together.
In response, actor Orlando Jones wrote back, “Black supremacy? We represent 13% of US population, hold no institutional power & gaslight our coworkers. We got 99 problems and your math isn’t the only 1. #StrongerTogether.”
After receiving heat, Crew clarified his “Black supremacy” message, explaining that his words came “from a spirit of love and reconciliation, for the Black community first.”
Please know that everything I've said comes from a spirit of love and reconciliation, for the Black community first, then the world as a whole, in hopes to see a better future for Black people.— terry crews (@terrycrews) June 8, 2020
I believe it is important we not suffer from groupthink, and we keep minds of our own, and be allowed to ask difficult questions to each other. I believe this dialogue is important as we get through this trauma together. I love you.— terry crews (@terrycrews) June 8, 2020