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Terry Crews’s ‘black supremacy’ comments spark social media backlash

Actor has been vocal about the fight against racism in America following the death of George Floyd

Ellie Harrison
Monday 08 June 2020 12:17 BST
Aerial footage shows massive crowd at Black Lives Matter protest in Philadelphia

Terry Crews has received criticism for his comments about “black supremacy” in the wake of the George Floyd protests taking place across the world.

The actor was forced to defend a recent tweet about people uniting to fight racism, which said: “Defeating White supremacy without White people creates Black supremacy. Equality is the truth. Like it or not, we are all in this together.”

Tyler James Williams, who starred with Crews in Everybody Hates Chris, was one of the first to condemn the actor’s tweet, writing: “Terry, brother, I know your heart and you know I have love for you and always will. 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.”

Crews replied to Williams, saying: “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.”

Many other celebrities took to Twitter to call out Crews, and the actor responded to numerous messages in an attempt to justify his original tweet.

Shortly after Floyd’s death last month, Crews posted an emotional video on Instagram saying he saw himself in the black man, who died in Minneapolis after a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes.

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