Actor and comedian, Terry Crews, has stood by his controversial tweet about “Black supremacy” and defends his view on it.
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
The tweet came after protests continued across the country following the death of George Floyd. It immediately went viral with both “Terry Crews” and “Black Supremacy” trending as users criticized the comments.
However, Crews isn’t backing down from what he said and in an interview with The Talk, he defended what he said.
“What I said was, defeating white supremacy without white people could create Black supremacy,” he explained before adding that “in Black America, we have gatekeepers.”
“We have people who have decided who is going to be Black and who’s not. And I simply — because I have a mixed-race wife — have been discounted from the conversation a lot of the time, by very, very militant movements, the Black power movement. I’ve been called all kinds of things — like an Uncle Tom — simply because I’m successful, simply because I’ve worked my way out of Flint, Michigan.”
Crews also pointed to a recent remark made by presidential hopeful, Joe Biden, made in an exchange with Black radio host, Charlamagne tha God, in which the Democratic politician said that if you are having trouble choosing between him or Donald Trump, “you ain’t Black.”
“The problem with that is, Black people have different views,” Crews explained, “When you’re white, you can be Republican, Libertarian, Democrat. You can be anything. But if you’re Black, you have to be one thing. Blackness is always judged. It’s always put up against this thing, and I’m going, ‘Wait a minute: That right there is a supremacist move. You have now put yourself above other Black people.'”
He did understand how using the term “Black supremacy” is controversial, but said he doesn’t regret using it:
“I can’t really regret it, because I really want the dialogue to come out. Maybe there’s another term that might be better — we’re ‘separatist’ or ‘elitist’ or something like that. But the thing is, I’ve experienced supremacy even growing up. I’ve had Black people tell me that the white man is the devil. I’ve experienced whole organizations that … because of the suffering of Black people, they have decided that now, we are not equal, we’re better. And I think that’s a mistake.”
He spoke of the need to include all voices in the discussion and not drown out any opinions because of the race of the person holding it:
“We have to include this white voice, this Hispanic voice, this Asian voice. We have to include it right now, because if we don’t, it’s going to slip into something we are really not prepared for.”
While perhaps not the right phrasing for the sentiment, it does seem like Terry Crews is just trying to not let others get drowned out in all of this. And whether you agree with him or not, we always encourage you to try and listen to other perspectives and try to understand them.
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