Terry Crews has been under fire the past couple of days, after the actor tweeted out a stance on how to defeat white supremacy. Crews wrote to his twitter followers: “Defeating White supremacy without White people creates Black supremacy. Equality is the truth. Like it or not, we are all in this together.”
Despite his intentions, whatever they might have been, the tweet has been at the receiving-end of criticism from both fans and fellow celebs alike. Amanda Seales gave him a full lesson on what is so problematic with his tweet, and his Everybody Hates Chris co-star, Tyler James Williams, has expressed level-headed outrage to Crews over the statement.
The actor attempted to combat Crews’ tweet with his point of view, while also advocating for Crews’ good heart: “Terry, brother, I know your heart and you know I have love for you and always will,” he wrote in response on twitter.
“No one is calling 4 black supremacy & the narrative that we are hurts our cause & our people. We’re just vigorously vetting our “allies” because time & time again they have failed us in the past.” He continued, “Our people are tired of white people who put on a good face a claim they “arnt racist” while operating and benefiting from the privilege of a clearly racist system. We’re not trying to do this alone. We KNOW we can’t. But we refuse to have allies who won’t go the distance.”
Crews has issued a series of responses to some of his naysayers on twitter, including Williams. In response to Williams, Crews wrote: “I understand, Tyler. I was not saying Black supremacy exists, because it doesn’t. 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.”
He also shared a tweet and message for everyone: “Any Black person who calls me a coon or and Uncle Tom for promoting EQUALITY is a Black Supremist, because they have determined who’s Black and who is not.”
He later followed this up with another message, writing, “I believe it is important we not suffer from groupthink, and we keep minds of our own, and be allowed to ask difficult questions to each other. I believe this dialogue is important as we get through this trauma together. I love you.” He continued, “Please know that everything I’ve said comes from a spirit of love and reconciliation, for the Black community first, then the world as a whole, in hopes to see a better future for Black people.”
Check out his responses below.https://twitter.com/_/status/1269823820522614784