Terry Crews Facing Criticism After Posting Controversial Tweet About ‘Black Supremacy’ – Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Terry Crews was slammed on social media Sunday after sharing a controversial tweet about “Black supremacy.”
Terry Crews Facing Criticism After Posting Controversial Tweet About ‘Black Supremacy’:
Terry Crews has been criticized after he tweeted about the need for all people to come together to defeat racism and police brutality.
“Defeating White supremacy without White people creates Black supremacy. Equality is the truth. Like it or not, we are all in this together,” Terry Crews tweeted.
However, Crews’ comments immediately went viral, leading to heated conversations about the phrase “black supremacy” online.
Tyler James Williams, who played the titular character in American sitcom Everyone Hates Chris, was among the first on social media to criticize Terry Crews, writing that “Terry, brother, I know your heart and you know I have love for you and always will. No-one is calling for Black supremacy and the narrative that we are hurts our cause and our people.”
“We’re just vigorously vetting our ‘allies’ because time and time again they have failed us in the past,” Williams continued.
The Whiskey Cavalier actor added in a later tweet: “Our people are tired of white people who put on a good face a claim they “arnt racist” while operating and benefiting from the privilege of a clearly racist system. We’re not trying to do this alone. We KNOW we can’t. But we refuse to have allies who won’t go the distance.”
Terry Crews Defends ‘Black Supremacy’ Tweets:
Responding to Tyler James Williams tweet, Terry Crews wrote: “I understand, Tyler. I was not saying Black supremacy exists, because it doesn’t.
“I am saying if both Black and Whites don’t continue to work together – bad attitudes and resentments can create a dangerous self-righteousness. That’s all.”
Despite the clarification, however, the damage seemed to already be done, and soon Terry Crews’ name was among Twitter’s trending topics and hashtags alongside “Black supremacy.”
The backlash to the original tweet prompted Terry Crews to further tweet: “Any Black person who calls me a coon or and Uncle Tom for promoting EQUALITY is a Black Supremist, because they have determined who’s Black and who is not.” [sic]
Comedian Godfrey also tweeted Crews to point out that the phrase “black supremacy” is harmful, stating: “That is a tactic that Racist whites use to counteract our rebellion to their horrific treatment of us. It’s called Gas lighting. Black pride isn’t anti white.”
Terry Crews has posted about Floyd’s case in the past. Shortly after the May 25 death, Crews shared an emotional video to Instagram, telling followers that he saw himself in the 46-year-old, who died when police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for eight minutes and said that his heart was “broken.”
“George Floyd could be me. I could easily, easily be that man on the ground with that police officer’s knee on my neck. That could easily be me,” he wrote.
Crews later added, “[The] murder of George Floyd has forced me to search my heart to find out what more I can do, as a human being, as a citizen, and more specifically as a Black man, to ensure our community cannot only survive but thrive in this new world.”
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