'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' star and 'America's Got Talent' host Terry Crews is being criticised for recent comments he made about the Black Lives Matter movement.
Terry Crews tweeted yesterday: "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"
— terry crews (@terrycrews) June 30, 2020
Many Twitter users immediately clapped back at the actor for his comments.
One said the statement was "the very definition of a strawman argument."
Another noted: "No one wants to be better. We want to be treated fairly and equal." An additional tweeter added: "Demanding Black equality is not Black supremacy."
Terry. what in the actual hell? this is the very definition of a strawman argument. why would you suggest a movement created to advocate for the prosecution of cops/citizens responsible for racially motivated killings could some how morph into “we’re better” pic.twitter.com/VmPbHiryAe
— Franchesca Ramsey (@chescaleigh) June 30, 2020
Gah. You could have left out that last sentence. No one wants to be better. We want to be treated fairly and equal.
— Melody Kewl (@Being_Melody) June 30, 2020
In 1883, the Supreme Court claimed that a Civil Rights Act would make Black people "the special favorite of the laws."
In 2020, Terry Crews warned that #BlackLivesMatter will morph into #blacklivesbetter.
Demanding Black equality is not Black supremacy.https://t.co/Am7T2NzaEn pic.twitter.com/D2C3mrDmeW
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) June 30, 2020
We’re so far from that bridge, Terry. #BlackLivesMatter is, in part, a rallying cry and a protest slogan to galvanize people into doing the justice work needed to derail the deaths, dehumanization and destruction of Black lives that racism causes.
Justice is not a competition. https://t.co/Cdfac2V7M6
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) June 30, 2020
Actually, what's wrong with a #BlackLivesBetter hashtag? Why not better Black safety, health, finance, education etc? Why not prioritize our healing- after 400 years of building this country through blood, sweat, and tears?
— Jahmil (@Jaeandthecity) June 30, 2020
can we climb the mountain that it will take to make Black lives actually matter before you start worrying about a slippery slope on the other side of it? https://t.co/ZUFq1X1bxR
— Felonious Munk 🇪🇹 (@Felonious_munk) June 30, 2020
Crews also landed himself in hot water earlier this month over comments about "Black supremacy" on Twitter.
He had written: "Defeating White supremacy without White people creates Black supremacy. Equality is the truth. Like it or not, we are all in this together."
Representatives for Crews have not made a comment at this time.