Terry Crews, actor, athlete and human rights activist, has recently heard criticism over several of his Twitter posts on racial justice. In them, Crews warned against black equality movements morphing into racism against whites.
On June 30th, Crews tweeted, “If you are a child of God, you are my brother and sister. I have family of every race, creed and ideology. We must ensure #blacklivesmatter doesn’t morph into #blacklivesbetter.” For critics, this post was irresponsible because it presents an unnecessary warning and hence, places a stigma on Black Lives Matter.
On July 3rd, despite a backlash from the previous tweet, Crews continued with his warning against reverse racism. He tweeted “Are all white people bad? No. Are all black people good? No. Knowing this reality – I stand on my decision to unite with good people, no matter the race, creed or ideology. Given the number of threats against this decision – I also decide to die on this hill.”
During a CNN interview with Don Lemon, Crews emphasized that he was not entirely against Black Lives Matter, but that he was concerned about certain segments of the movement that he described as “militant.” He said he was concerned about extremism of any kind and the potential that Black Lives Matter could be distorted into an anti-white movement.
In response, Lemon suggested that such concerns were not substantiated.
Crews continued by criticizing Black Lives Matter for not condemning black-on-black violence. He suggested that black-on-black violence could become “another oppressor.”
Lemon countered that Black Lives Matter was specifically a movement against racial discrimination in policing and criminal justice.