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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ star Terry Crews faces backlash over controversial ‘black supremacy’ tweet

The tweet focused on race relations

Terry Crews speaks in the UCCU Center on the campus of Utah Valley University in Orem on Thursday, March 28, 2019.
Terry Crews speaks in the UCCU Center on the campus of Utah Valley University in Orem on Thursday, March 28, 2019.
August Miller, Utah Valley University

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ star Terry Crews is facing backlash after he tweeted about racial injustice. His tweet, which was meant for inspiration, led to controversy.

What’s the news:

  • Crews tweeted for change in a recent social media post as people across the country continue to protest the death of George Floyd, racial injustice and police brutality.
  • He wrote: “Defeating White supremacy without White people creates Black supremacy. Equality is the truth. Like it or not, we are all in this together.”
  • According to USA Today, the tweet went viral with both “Terry Crews” and “Black Supremacy” trending on Twitter.

What was the reaction?

Celebrities and Twitter users responded to the original tweet, comparing it to Mitt Romney’s decision to march in a Black Lives Matter protest, as the Deseret News reported.

  • Orlando Jones: “Black supremacy? We represent 13% of US population, hold no institutional power & gaslight our coworkers. We got 99 problems and your math isn’t the only 1.”
  • Writer-director Darryl Wharton-Rigby: “We have officially entered The Twilight Zone on a day when Mitt Romney marches for #BlackLivesMatter and Terry Crews does the thing he does....”
  • Author Frederick Joseph: “Every time I think Terry Crews has done the worst, he always does more.”
  • Ricky Davila: “Terry Crews is bizarrely talking about Black Supremacy, something that doesn’t exist, whilst Mitt Romney protests against racism. Today is giving me a massive headache.”

Terry Crews apologized

  • Crews clarified his tweet on Monday, apologizing for how it was misinterpreted.
  • Crews said: “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.”