‘We Are All In This Together’: Terry Crews Criticized For Saying White And Black People Should Help One Another

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Actor Terry Crews has responded to backlash caused by an initial tweet he posted on June 7.

In the tweet, Crews called for ending white supremacy but cautioned people that any potential solution should include white people.

“Defeating White supremacy without White people creates Black supremacy. Equality is the truth,” the June 7 tweet said.

“Like it or not, we are all in this together,” Crews added.

Fellow actor Tyler James Williams responded to the post with a pair of his own, saying Crews was wrong.

He tweeted:

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.

I’m not trying to call you out @terrycrews. You know it’s all love always ❤️. But we’re rightfully angry right now and fed up with anyone not with our cause wholeheartedly.

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I don’t want to see that energy pointed your way or diverted from the cause.


In response, Crews said Williams and others completely missed the point he was trying to make.

“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,” Crews explained.

As the Daily Wire reports, the actor defended his initial tweet again during an appearance on “The Talk.”

When asked about the tweet, Crews said he used a word that distracted from his greater point.

“I compare that tweet to cussing in church because what’s wild is you have the message, but then if you use a cuss word, nobody is really hearing what you’re saying,” Crews said.

“The cuss word I used in this instance was ‘black supremacy,’ and this is what I want to really reiterate to you and explain. My thing was, what I said was, defeating white supremacy without white people could create black supremacy,” he added.

The actor explained the woke, political culture has previously excluded him from talks on race relations due to his marriage.

The Daily Wire reports:

The actor went on to claim that in “black America,” there are “gatekeepers,” meaning a group of people deciding who is and is not really black, and that he has been “discounted from the conversation a lot of times” because he is married to a “mixed-race” woman.

“I’ve been called all kinds of things like an Uncle Tom,” Crews said. “Simply because I’m successful, simply because I worked my way out of Flint, Michigan.”

The actor then stated frankly that “black people have different views.” He added that if someone is white, they’re allowed to be anywhere on the political spectrum, but if someone is black, it’s assumed that they “have to be one thing.”

“Even Joe Biden said, hey man, you don’t vote for me, you ain’t even black,” Crews noted.

Crews said allowing the Black Lives Matter movement to continue unchecked could result in something as disastrous as the genocide in Rwanda.

“In 1994, in Rwanda, there was a genocide, and it was all black people, and there was one sector that viewed themselves as over the other. A million people died,” he said. “And, you know, I was told it can’t happen in America – and I’m here to tell you, that’s the first mistake. Any time anybody says, ‘Oh, that could never happen here,’ that’s exactly when when it starts to happen.”

“What we’re trying to do, I think a lot of times with the social and economic and political issues we have right now, we’re providing those kind of answers,” Crews continued. “But this is a spiritual problem. Supremacy can’t really happen, but spiritually it can – in your head, you can look at yourself, and you can develop a dangerous self-righteousness that could really hurt what we’re trying to do right now.”

“We have to include this white voice, this Hispanic voice, this Asian voice,” Crews concluded. “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.”

Watch Crews’ explanation below: