Terry Crews put his foot in his mouth last week when he made controversial comments about the rise of black supremacy as a result of beating white supremacy without white people.
“Defeating White supremacy without White people creates Black supremacy. Equality is the truth. Like it or not, we are all in this together.”
The 51-year-old actor added, “Any Black person who calls me a coon or and Uncle Tom for promoting EQUALITY is a Black Supremist [sic], because they have determined who’s Black and who is not.”
Crews was dragged and even his Everybody Hates Chris co-star, Tyler James Williams, had to gently check him real quick.
The White Chicks starred appeared on The Talk on Tuesday and clarified his tweets. “I compare that tweet to cussing in church. What’s wild is you have the message but if you’re cussing in church nobody is really hearing what you’re saying. The cuss word I used in this instance is black supremacy. What I said was defeating white supremacy without white people could create black supremacy. In the black race in black america we have gatekeepers. We have people who have decided that who is going to be black and who is not. And I simply – because I have a mixed race wife – have been discounted from the conversation a lot of times by very, very militant movements, black power movement.”
Terry Crews reflected on the backlash he received from the Black community and argued that we can agree to disagree. “I’ve been called all kinds of things like an uncle tom simply because I’m successful, simply because I worked my way out of Flint, Michigan. The problem with that is black people have different views. It’s funny because 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. Even Joe Biden said “hey man if you don’t vote for me you ain’t even black”. And so this blackness is always judged, it’s always put up against this thing. And I’m going that right there is a supremacist move. You have now put yourself above other black people and then I got told it couldn’t exist.”
He went on to explain the 1994 Rwanda Genocide which was a civil war between Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups. Terry slammed people who don’t believe it can happen in the United States. “I’m here to tell you that’s the first mistake. Anytime anyone says “oh that could never happen here” that’s exactly when it starts to happen.”
Terry Crews acknowledges that he may not have properly articulated his thoughts, but he wants the conversation of Black elitism to be had more often. “I can’t really regret it because I really want the dialogue to come out. Maybe there’s another term that might be better where as 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 have viewed themselves because of the suffering of black people that they have decided that now we are not equal, we are better. I think that’s a mistake, I’m trying to tell you just the mentality. What we’re trying to do a lot of the times with the social and economic and political issues we have right now, we’re providing those kind of answers. 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, we have to include it right now. Because if we don’t it’s going to slip into something that we are really not prepared for.”
Check out the full interview below: