Actor Terry Crews was slammed Tuesday for a tweet about the Black Lives Matter movement.
“If you are a child of God, you are my brother and sister. I have a family of every race, creed and ideology”, Crews tweeted Tuesday morning. “We need to make sure that #blacklivesmatter doesn’t turn into #blacklivesbetter.”
The tweet sparked a response from Martin Luther King Jr.’s youngest daughter, Bernice King, who said, “Justice is not a competition.”
“We are so far from that bridge, Terry. #BlackLivesMatter it is, in part, a cry of protest and a slogan of protest to stimulate people to do the justice work necessary to derail the deaths, dehumanization and destruction of the black lives that racism causes “, she tweeted.
Political commentator Keith Boykin, a former Clinton aide in the White House, tweeted: “In 1883, the Supreme Court argued that a Civil Rights Act would make blacks” the special favorite of the laws. “In 2020, Terry Crews warned that #BlackLivesMatter morph in #blacklivesbetter. “
“The demand for black equality is not black supremacy,” Boykin said in his tweet.
In a subsequent tweet, Boykin said he has been to dozens of Black Lives Matter protests and has never heard anyone suggest that it means “Black Lives Better”.
Michael Harriot, writer of The Root, he wrote: “Black people: we’re starving! Terry Crews: But what about those who have more than enough food? We need to make sure their bellies stay full!”
Harriot added: “Say what you want @terrycrews but you have to admire his dedication to hit the whiteness. Ok … Maybe you MUST NOT. “
Crews did not immediately return a request for comment on the backlash on Tuesday.
Crews apologized to Gabrielle Union in January after being accused of invalidating his claims about racism on the set of “America’s Got Talent”.
During an appearance on NBC’s “TODAY” show, Crews, which hosts “America’s Got Talent”, was asked about Union allegations, particularly if there was a toxic atmosphere on the set.
“I can’t talk about sexism because I’m not a woman, but I can talk about any comments about racism,” said Crews. “It was never my experience. In fact, it was the most different place I have ever seen in my 20 years of entertainment.”
His comments were met with a rapid backlash, including by many who noted that the Union was among the celebrities who publicly expressed support for Man when he showed up in 2017 that a “high-level Hollywood executive” had tempted him to an industry party in 2016.
Subsequently, Crews approached Union in a series of tweets.
“I want you to know that it was never my intention to invalidate your experience, but that’s what I did” The crews tweeted January 31. “I apologize. You spent a lot of time in this area, and with this I identify with the fight for equity and equality in the workplace.”
Crews said that the Union is “a model for the entire black community” and that, in his desire to be “professionally neutral”, he should at least have understood that he only needed his support.