Words by Disnerys Molina
Terry Crews is once again in trouble for giving an unpopular opinion on the Black Lives Matter movement. The Everybody Hates Chris star tweeted that black lives shouldn’t be held higher than those of other races when the movement ends. “If you are a child of God, you are my brother and sister. I have a family of every race, creed, and ideology,” he Tweeted on Tuesday.
“We must ensure #blacklivesmatter doesn’t morph into #blacklivesbetter.” Twitter users immediately clapped back at Crews, stating the movement is about being treated equally. “We’re so far from that bridge, Terry,” Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter Bernice King tweeted. “#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.”
Another user added, “Gah. You could have left out that last sentence. No one wants to be better. We want to be treated fairly and equal.”
“can we climb the mountain that it will take to make Black lives actually matter before you start worrying about a slippery slope on the other side of it?” commented another.
Crews have not publicly responded to the backlash. Earlier this month, the White Chicks actor caused chaos online when he commented about “Black supremacy.” Crews spoke out about the ongoing protests and called for equality, writing, “Defeating White supremacy without White people creates Black supremacy. Equality is the truth.”
“Like it or not, we are all in this together,” he added. Crews’ former co-star, Tyler James Williams replied saying he has “love” for Crews but that he was hurting the Black Lives Matter cause. Reps for Crews said they wouldn’t be commenting, and reflected his past statement on the matter in which he cleared up his statement about “Black supremacy.”
“I was not saying Black supremacy exists because it doesn’t,” he tweeted in June. “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.”.
Here’s to hoping that Terry Crews can think before he tweets next time before it ends up being another episode of Everybody Hates Terry.