Terry Crews: Black Activists Have a “Dangerous Self-Righteousness”
Actor Terry Crews has been one of the very few popular black individuals in the culture with the guts to stand up against some of the more ridiculous aspects of the black activism movement. And, judging by his appearance on CBS’s “The Talk” this week, he’s not about to take a seat anytime soon. In a wide-ranging interview, Crews said that he resented the idea that, if you have a certain amount of melanin in your skin, you automatically have to vote for the Democratic Party.
“The problem with that is, black people have different views,” Crews said. “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 black.’”
Crews said he was tired of “gatekeepers” trying to decide who gets to claim the mantle of blackness.
“Blackness is always judged,” he said. “It’s always put up against this thing, and I’m going, ‘Wait a minute: That right there is a supremacist move. You have now put yourself above other black people. We have people who have decided who is going to be black and who’s not. And I simply — because I have a mixed-race wife — have been discounted from the conversation a lot of the time, by very, very militant movements, the Black power movement. I’ve been called all kinds of things — like an Uncle Tom — simply because I’m successful, simply because I’ve worked my way out of Flint, Michigan.”
Not long ago, Crews riled up Black Lives Matter activists and their leftist allies when he tweeted, “Defeating White supremacy without White people creates Black supremacy. Equality is the truth. Like it or not, we are all in this together.”
Asked by the hosts of the show if he would like to take back that sentiment, Crews said, “I can’t really regret it, because I really want the dialogue to come out. Maybe there’s another term that might be better — either ‘separatist’ or ‘elitist’ or something like that.
“But the thing is, I’ve experienced supremacy even growing up,” he continued. “I’ve had black people tell me that the white man is the devil. I’ve experienced whole organizations that because of the suffering of black people, they have decided that now, we are not equal, we’re better. And I think that’s a mistake.”
Crews said that any group or individual that considers themselves superior based on immutable characteristics is one that’s headed down a dark path.
“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,” Crews said. “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 we are really not prepared for.”