Terry Crews got real with Don Lemon on CNN. He believes that the Black Lives Matter movement is too extreme, and he doesn’t want to move from one oppressor to the next.
Crews has caught a lot of heat for his comments. However, he breaks it down in a simple way: Black lives matter shouldn’t turn into black lives are better. Exactly. This is about equality, which brings us to the other term that the BLM protesters really hate: all lives matter.
Within “all lives” are black lives. They all matter. The black ones, the white ones, the yellow ones. They all matter. And Crews wants to make it clear as to what side he stands on.
What’s interesting is that it’s clear that Lemon sits on the other side of the debate. He objects to Crews’ description of the BLM movement being extreme. Yet, the two men can have a civil discourse about it all.
Lemon asks a question that makes the BLM movement seem so honest: “What’s so extreme about ending police brutality?”
If that were the only thing that BLM was about, they wouldn’t be extreme. Police brutality should be ended. And if that’s what they want to fight for, great. However, they have to go about it in a legal and non-violent way.
Crews breaks it down for Lemon identifying that the leaders of BLM are now talking about, “if we don’t get our demand, we are going to burn it down.” Crews is passionate as he talks about this, making sure that it’s clear as to what side he stands on. Further, he talks about how black people are calling each other out, and if they work with whites and other races, they are “sell-outs or called Uncle Toms.” That’s when Crews warns that it’s easier to understand that you’re being controlled.
Here’s the most honest part about all that Crews talked about with the CNN host: “And I viewed it as a very, very dangerous self-righteousness that was developing, that, you know, that really viewed themselves as better. It was almost a supremacist move … where they view that — their black lives mattered a lot more than mine.”
He is absolutely right, too. BLM has become more than police brutality. They want to talk about inequality. They want to talk about getting the white man to bow down to the black people. So, they don’t want equality. They want the tables to turn entirely so that they are the ones on the pedestal. That’s not right, either. Two wrongs never make a right, and Crews is willing to be the one to stand out and point out the problems with the movement.
Lemon argues that the Black Lives Matter movement was about police brutality. Therefore, gun violence in black communities and other issues don’t fall under BLM. To target those issues requires another movement with another name.
Crews argues back, though, that BLM may have started out with the intention of focusing on police brutality but they have lost their way. They are moving forward with a full political movement, and that movement is extreme.
Crews ends the interview with Lemon without them seeing eye to eye. Crews continues to follow up with some tweets about how he feels. His main comment is that he wants to know what the BLM agenda is beyond police brutality because, clearly, it’s about more than that. Crews says, “And that’s all I’m doing — questioning, warning, and watching. And if that bothers you now, that bothers me.”
To put it simply, why isn’t everyone asking questions and watching what the movement is being done? It’s not okay to follow anyone blindly. That’s how cults start. That’s how trouble starts. Crews has always been a man that keeps it real. He may be black, but he isn’t jumping on board with the BLM movement. It’s extreme, and he believes it’s worth watching to see just what their agenda is.