TV host Terry Crews says he’s personally experienced 'black supremacy,' calls out Joe Biden

'I’ve experienced whole organizations that have viewed themselves, because of the suffering of black people, they have decided that now we're not equal, we’re better and I think that’s a mistake' – Terry Crews

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June 18, 2020 - 11:05am

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Actor and TV host Terry Crews revealed that he’s personally “experienced” black supremacy and called out Joe Biden, the 2020 presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, for saying, “You ain’t black” if you vote against him.

“Defeating white supremacy without white people could create black supremacy, and this is what I’m talking about. My thing is in the black race, in black America, we have people who have decided who is going to be black and who’s not. We have gatekeepers,” Crews, the “America’s Got Talent” host on NBC, said on Tuesday during an interview on the CBS show “The Talk.”

“And I, simply because I have a mixed-race wife [Rebecca King-Crews], 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,” Crews continued.

Crews said he doesn’t regret using the term black supremacy on Twitter.

“I can’t really regret it because I really want the dialogue to come out," he said. "Maybe there’s another term that might be better — ‘separatist’ or ‘elitist’ or something like that — but the thing is that I’ve experienced supremacy even growing up. I’ve had black people tell me that the white man is the devil.” 

“I’ve experienced whole organizations that have viewed themselves, because of the suffering of black people, they have decided that now we're not equal, we’re better and I think that’s a mistake. I’m trying to tell you,” he also said.

Crews warned that black supremacy could happen spiritually.

“This is a spiritual problem," he said. "Supremacy can’t really happen but spiritually it can. 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,” he 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're really not prepared for.”

Crews emphasized that black Americans should be able to think differently from one another.

“Black people have different views. It’s funny because 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,’” he said. “This blackness is always judged. It’s always put up against this thing, and I’m going, ‘Wait a minute: That right there, it’s a supremacist move.’ You have now put yourself above other black people.”

He recalled being told that black supremacy “couldn’t exist” after he warned about it on Twitter recently.

“In 1994, in Rwanda, there was a genocide and it was all black people and there was one sector that viewed themselves as over the other. A million people died,” he said. “I was told it can’t happen in America and I’m here to tell you that’s the first mistake. Any time anybody says, ‘Oh! That could never happen here.’ That’s exactly when it starts to happen."

 

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