Terry Crews is facing backlash for saying Black Lives Matter must not become 'black lives better'

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Terry Crews posted the tweet on Tuesday.
Terry Crews posted the tweet on Tuesday.

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  • Terry Crews has come under fire for tweeting: "We must ensure #blacklivesmatter doesn't morph into #blacklivesbetter."

  • Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter Bernice responded: "We're so far from that bridge, Terry."

  • The "Luke Cage" creator Cheo Hodari Coker wrote: "Blacklivesmatter isn't supremacy: it's common righteous sense. It's respect. it's love."

  • Crews previously faced backlash on June 8 for tweeting that leaving white people out of race conversations could create "Black supremacy."

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Terry Crews is facing backlash for a tweet in which he expressed concern that Black Lives Matter could "morph" into "Black lives better."

In the tweet, posted on Tuesday, Crew wrote: "If you are a child of God, you are my brother and sister. I have family of every race, creed and ideology."

Crews continued: "We must ensure #blacklivesmatter doesn't morph into #blacklivesbetter."

The tweet was met with criticism by Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter Bernice, who replied: "We're so far from that bridge, Terry."

She continued: "#BlackLivesMatter is, in part, a rallying cry and a protest slogan to galvanize people into doing the justice work needed to derail the deaths, dehumanization and destruction of Black lives that racism causes. Justice is not a competition."

The "Luke Cage" creator Cheo Hodari Coker said he was "concerned" for Crews.

"Terry, what's going on, man? I know you're better than this, and Twitter isn't the space for the conversation. Holler at me. Inbox me. I'm concerned, brother," Coker wrote.

"Blacklivesmatter isn't supremacy: it's common righteous sense. It's respect. it's love."

 

Crews previously came under fire for similar comments on June 8. Crews said leaving white people out of conversations regarding race could create "Black supremacy."

His full 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."

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