Terry Crews defends 'Black supremacy' tweet, calls out Joe Biden's 'you ain't Black' comment
Terry Crews is standing by his controversial tweet warning against "Black supremacy."
As protests continued nationwide following the death of George Floyd, Crews, 51, tweeted on June 7, "Defeating White supremacy without White people creates Black supremacy. Equality is the truth. Like it or not, we are all in this together." The tweet immediately went viral with both "Terry Crews" and "Black Supremacy" trending on Twitter as users blasted the comment.
In an interview on "The Talk" Tuesday, the "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star defended his tweet's message, though he admitted it was worded in a controversial way.
“What I said was, defeating white supremacy without white people could create Black supremacy,” Crews said, adding that "in Black America, we have gatekeepers."
"We have people who have decided who is going to be Black and who’s not," he continued. "And I simply — because I have a mixed-race wife (Rebecca King-Crews) — have been discounted from the conversation a lot of the time, by very, very militant movements, the Black power movement. I’ve been called all kinds of things — like an Uncle Tom — simply because I’m successful, simply because I’ve worked my way out of Flint, Michigan."
Crews also brought up a testy exchange between Black radio host Charlamagne tha God and Joe Biden, in which the presidential hopeful said "you ain’t Black" if you're struggling to choose between him or President Donald Trump.
"The problem with that is, Black people have different views," Crews said. "When you're white, you can be Republican, Libertarian, Democrat. You can be anything. But if you're Black, you have to be one thing."
He continued: "Blackness is always judged. It's always put up against this thing, and I’m going, 'Wait a minute: That right there is a supremacist move. You have now put yourself above other Black people.' "
Though he understands the term "Black supremacy" is controversial, Crews said he doesn't regret using it, since it sparked an important dialogue.
Terry Crews' controversial tweet about 'Black Supremacy' prompts social media backlash
"I can’t really regret it, because I really want the dialogue to come out," he said. "Maybe there’s another term that might be better — we’re ‘separatist’ or ‘elitist’ or something like that. But the thing is, I’ve experienced supremacy even growing up. I’ve had Black people tell me that the white man is the devil. I’ve experienced whole organizations that … because of the suffering of Black people, they have decided that now, we are not equal, we're better. And I think that’s a mistake."
According to the actor, supremacy "is a spiritual problem."
"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," he continued. "We have to include this white voice, this Hispanic voice, this Asian voice. 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."
Contributing: Bryan Alexander, Nicholas Wu