- The Washington Times - Friday, July 17, 2020

Terry Crews has a message for critics who are upset at his calls for racial unity and spotlighting of Nick Cannon’s racist rhetoric: “I was never afraid of the KKK. It was people like you.”

The former NFL player turned actor told his Twitter followers this week that legitimately scary “threats” throughout his life came from individuals accusing him of “acting white.”

Mr. Crews faced a barrage of negative feedback in June for warning: “We must ensure #blacklivesmatter doesn’t morph into #blacklivesbetter.”

The criticism continued this week after the “Brooklyn 99” star pointed to entertainer Nick Cannon’s racist interview with former Public Enemy member Richard “Professor Griff” Griffith.

“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.” - Terry Crews ‘THE TALK interview’
June 16th, 2020,” Mr. Crews tweeted Tuesday while linking to footage of Mr. Cannon’s interview.

ViacomCBS parted ways with Mr. Cannon for anti-Semitic racist comments like, “the only way that [White people] can act is evil. They have to rob, steal, rape, kill in order to survive. … They’re acting as animals, so they’re the ones that are actually closer to animals. They’re the ones that are actually the true savages.”

Fox said earlier this week that an apology issued on Twitter by Mr. Cannon (although juxtaposed with re-tweets by the entertainer defending the racist interview), allowed him to keep his role on “The Masked Singer.”

“When I was young, I was never afraid of the KKK,” Mr. Crews told Mr. Cannon’s online apologists. “It was people like you. The threats, the intimidation, discouraging free thought, and ‘the insult of acting white.’ My heart breaks because your behavior only reveals you don’t know how powerful you are.”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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