Actor Terry Crews has said the Black Lives Matter movement shouldn’t turn into Black Lives Better as anti-racism protests continue to be held across the United States.
The America’s Got Talent host made reference to the BLM movement in a tweet on Tuesday when he said that anyone who was a child of God was his brother and sister.
‘If you are a child of God, you are my brother and sister. I have family of every race, creed and ideology,’ he said.
‘We must ensure #blacklivesmatter doesn’t morph into #blacklivesbetter.’
BLM protests calling for racial justice and an end to police brutality have flared across the US in recent weeks in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer last month.
Crews’ tweet prompted backlash online from some who accused him of detracting from the movement.
‘Gah. You could have left out that last sentence. No one wants to be better. We want to be treated fairly and equal,’ one person tweeted.
Writer Kellee Nicole Terrell tweeted: ‘You truly are worthless to us. White people can have you, especially since you love doing their work for them.’
Crews also faced retaliation earlier this month when he weighed in on the BLM movement and said it could result in ‘black supremacy’.
‘Defeating White supremacy without White people creates Black supremacy. Equality is the truth. Like it or not, we are all in this together,’ Crews had tweeted.
After facing immediate backlash, Crews responded in a series of tweets saying it was important not to ‘suffer from groupthink’ and urged people to be ‘allowed to ask difficult questions to each other’.
‘Please know that everything I’ve said comes from a spirit of love and reconciliation, for the Black community first, then the world as a whole, in hopes to see a better future for Black people,’ he wrote.
‘I believe it is important we not suffer from groupthink, and we keep minds of our own, and be allowed to ask difficult questions to each other. I believe this dialogue is important as we get through this trauma together. I love you.’
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Source: Daily Mail