Terry Crews, Former NFL star, Hollywood actor and commercial legend (You’ve seen his pecs dance, I guarantee it) has been taking heat from ‘social justice warriors’ online lately for simply standing up for his beliefs. He has been more vocal than the media has even given him credit for, probably because his beliefs don’t go along with the narrative they want to necessarily be heard. That’s why I’m here. To balance the scales 🙂
Terry Crews shared a message of equality and unity for all people, black and white alike. But some didn’t like that, as revenge was more important to them, or supremacy was more important to them.
But as Terry Crews says, in his words..
“You can either have success or revenge but you can’t have both.” – Terry Crews
The conflict started after people’s reaction to the George Floyd death in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylors death. It seemed like Terry was trying to bring reason to the black community and spread a message of peace. His first tweet said:
“Defeating white supremacy without white people creates black supremacy. Equality is the truth. Like it or not, we are all in this together.”
Now, whether you believe in ‘white supremacy’ or not, it really doesn’t matter. Personally, I realize that a VERY small percentage of people are racist/supremacist in any race or ethnic group. To blanket label an entire group of people ‘supremacist’ or ‘racist’ isn’t truly assessing the entire situation through the eyes of truth.
Terry Crews Went On To Tweet..
“Any black person who calls me a ##### or and Uncle Tom for promoting EQUALITY is a Black Supremacist, because they have determined who’s Black and who is not.”
He then went on to say:
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. If you are a child of God, you are my brother and sister. Have family of every race, creed and ideology, we must ensure black lives matter doesn’t morph into ‘black lives better.’
Side note: I wonder if Terry Crews knows about the funding of BLM, the use of funds, and all the dirt there? How Breonna Taylor’s own mother shared “We haven’t received a dollar” I’m sure he does, but feels he has to self-censor in order to maintain at least a halfway decent relationship with the black community in his career. If you are dealing with self-censorship in your career or life, I highly recommend following @AfricaBrooke on instagram.
On the daily show with Trevor Noah Terry Crews apologized for what he said by saying:
“I’m gonna let you know, I really do want to apologize to anybody who was offended by these tweets, and was hurt deeply because as an example, as an African american man, a black man here in this country I did not want to give the impression that we were supposed to gloss this over and forgive the death of George Floyd. And I want to apologize to everyone who was ever offended because it hurt.”
Terry Crews has not taken these tweets down from his twitter account. He went on to explain:
“I just wanted peace. And I guess it goes back to my approval. It goes back to my need for approval, and it went back to that. And again, it was a mistake. It was a mistake to tweet that out at that time.
The need is for us as a people to actually come together and really, really be what we need to be to this country, because its our country. This is our country. We died and fought, and i’m not giving it away. This is our inheritance.
Beyond social justice warriors, Gabrielle Union had an issue with Terry Crews because he didn’t agree with her narrative that the time on the set of America’s got talent.
In response to Gabrielle’s statement Terry shared that he had not experienced a toxic work environment or racism on the show.
Gabrielle Union came back and shared “I think Terry Crews is showing us who he is and what he does during times of adversity, and it’s not solidarity.”
That’s funny, because here Gabrielle Union expects Terry to side with her racism story when he didn’t experience it. This feels familiar, like the times that the media pokes and prods Lil Wayne into saying ‘racism exists and it’s everywhere’ and his response is a very cool, calm, collected and neutral response that he doesn’t even think it exists. While I disagree with Lil Wayne, it does exist.. It’s a very small fraction of the population and as a 32 year old man I’ve seen it two or three times tops in my entire life.
Maybe Gabrielle really did (although there’s no actual story or clear evidence of it) experience prejudice or racism. But maybe she did, but to expect all black people around you to say that they experienced racism when they did not would be disingenuous to them and to the human race as a whole. It would blow a problem out of proportion and make everyone feel like everyone is racist all the time. Sound familiar? Que mainstream media segment.
Furthermore, solidarity is defined as unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest; mutual support within a group.
Maybe Terry’s solidarity was in solidarity with all of humanity, and within the peace, unity and integrity of his own heart, not in the lies and deceit of faking what he experienced to appease what appear to now be Gabrielle Union’s agenda of creating more civil and racial tension. Which is what she seemed to want from him.
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Personally, I don’t think that Terry Crews needed to apologize at all. He said nothing wrong, nothing disingenuous and nothing out of character. He simply stated his beliefs that supremacy is not the answer on either the black or white side of things. Superiority creates inferiority, and inferiority creates superiority.
We cannot as a human race create more division and tension between each other simply because of our skin color. This isn’t the 60’s anymore.. This isn’t the 1800’s. This is 2022. We have evolved very much as a society and as a people, to play victim and games with the race baiting tricks of the past should not work anymore.
I spent two full hours listening to Terry Crews on an interview on the school of greatness podcast with Lewis Howes and was blown away by the value he shared. He’s incredibly intelligent, wise and heartfelt. I gained so much insight in my personal life from him sharing his story and ideas. He’s a big strong man, with a gentle soft heart and soul. He’s a gentle giant that cares about humanity as a whole and wants to see people unified. What’s wrong with that?
As Tupac said..
It ain’t about black or white cuz we human, I hope we see the light before it’s ruined. My ghetto gospel
That’s where I stand. Terry is standing in the middle of humanity and warning us to look at the content of our character, to look at our hearts. To take massive accountability and responsibility for who we are as human beings. Where is our mind at? Where is our heart at? He asks questions and proposes ideas that I feel many in Hollywood and the world can learn from. But here people are attacking him.. for what? Speaking the truth. Walking in solidarity with all of humanity? Promoting love and unity over division based on a perception of skin tone?
The heart goes deeper than that, and Terry, I stand with you.
Check out his interview on the School Of Greatness Podcast with Lewis Howes podcast. It to me was a valuable and relevant conversation for where things are at in today’s world..
Also, Terry Crews came out with two books in the past few years and those are titled Manhood: How to be a better man or just live with one. Click here to view on amazon.
He also just released Tough: My Journey to True Power. Click here to view it on Amazon.
Enjoy the interview above. Terry, we appreciate you and you standing in your truth in power for ALL of humanity.
You’ve seen him flex his pecs before, see what I mean? Legend pec flexor. Ha!