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Martin Luther King Jr’s Daughter Calls Out Terry Crews Over Tweet Warning About ‘Black Lives Better’

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Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., has called out Terry Crews for a tweet in which he said “We must ensure #blacklivesmatter doesn’t morph into #blacklivesbetter.”

Crews, who has in the past been open about being sexually assaulted as a man and has been critical of toxic masculinity, received significant backlash over his misplaced sentiment.

In response, Bernice King reiterated the sentiment that we are 100% not at the point where #blacklivesmatter becomes a superiority movement.

King retweeted him and added:

“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.”

“Justice is not a competition.”

King’s response got widespread attention and affirmation.

Crews doubled down on his feelings about #blacklivesmatter after an off-color remark about “black supremacy,” which was criticized for being out of touch and out of time.

Crews’ tweets are continuing to be poorly received by #blacklivesmatter and allying communities.

Until the message of #blacklivesmatter is no longer tempered even by members of the black community, will real change ever be possible?

Mike Walsh

Written by Mike Walsh

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