Twitter has no mercy, and if it did, it’s unlikely much would be granted to Terry Crews.
“If you are a child of God, you are my brother and sister. I have family of every race, creed and ideology,” the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” actor tweeted early Tuesday. “We must ensure #blacklivesmatter doesn’t morph into #blacklivesbetter.”
That triggered a trend-setting response similar to the one Crews got earlier this month after using the phrase “Black Supremacy” in a tweet that added, “Like it or not, we’re all in this together.”
In replies on Tuesday, the “America’s Got Talent” TV host was called racist names and labeled “an enemy of the people,” told to “read the room” and accused of actually being the rich, white-loving pro athlete he portrayed in the Wayans brothers’ 2004 comedy “White Chicks.”
Crews also got constructive feedback from people including Bernice King, the youngest daughter of civil-rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.
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Actress Holly Robinson Peete and comic Amanda Seales were among those criticizing Crews.
“Terry, we trying to ‘matter’ and get to ‘equal’ and you are worried about better??” Peete replied, tagging her message with “stop” and “shh” emojis.
She also tweeted about having a sleepless night thinking about Elijah McClain, a Black man who died last year after being put in a chokehold by police. “I woke up worrying about how to prevent my sweet special son from meeting a similar fate and you woke up worried about *checks tweet again*... #blacklivesBETTER ??,” Peete wrote in reference to Crews’ tweet.