If you are a child of God, you are my brother and sister. I have family of every race, creed and ideology.
— terry crews (@terrycrews) June 30, 2020
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.
You have heard of the phrase “cross that bridge when you come to it?” Correct? You keep putting out this energy but we’re still seeing black ppl killed senselessly so like…read the room, Terry.
— Daria Renee (@DariaReneee) June 30, 2020
You should've left this in drafts bruv.
— Jessica 💕 (@jrandy520) July 1, 2020
As a great philosopher once said, "why men great til they gotta be great?"https://t.co/hbrfdzoHCN
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) June 30, 2020
Actually, what's wrong with a #BlackLivesBetter hashtag? Why not better Black safety, health, finance, education etc? Why not prioritize our healing- after 400 years of building this country through blood, sweat, and tears?
— Jahmil (@Jaeandthecity) June 30, 2020
There are Asian Americans who hate their own community and worship white people too. Guess white supremacy cuts across all races, creeds, and ideologies.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) June 30, 2020
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.”
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. https://t.co/Cdfac2V7M6
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) June 30, 2020
King’s response got widespread attention and affirmation.
As educated as he is it’s a shame he’s as uninformed as he is. Always liked Terry and his work still do 🤦🏽♂️
— bigdog0188 (@bigdog01881) June 30, 2020
— J B (@mb93) June 30, 2020
🗣JUSTICE IS NOT A COMPETITION.
Say it again Ms King!!!
— Mimi (@Mi4Short) June 30, 2020
— 💙Saucy_Sis💙 (@Saucy_Sis) June 30, 2020
— Sapphirine (@Sapphirine_Blue) June 30, 2020
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.
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 (@terrycrews) June 7, 2020
This is ignorance by @terrycrews🇺🇸. It shows he doesn’t understand America. Also all of this equality talk shows a severe lack of understanding of wealth & race and their respective trajectory in America. #ados https://t.co/yaKFHA60ja pic.twitter.com/oWnkioqN4J
— Antonio Moore (@tonetalks) June 8, 2020
Terry crews rn: pic.twitter.com/K6HHErTMuc
— Netekho (@netekho) June 8, 2020
Black supremacy dont exist. There is no history of our people killing, enslaving, and making laws to instill power for 400 years for generations
— izzy. (@TheBronzeStatue) June 7, 2020
— Midwin Charles (@MidwinCharles) June 8, 2020
So, brother: here's why your tweet is a problem:
1. Black supremacy isnt possible unless we rewrite the last millennium.
2. Who's doing this without whites? Plenty of allies
3. Your voice is too big to tweet so inaccurately,
unproductively & provide cover for white supremacy
— Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) June 8, 2020
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?