Don Lemon Tells Terry Crews That Black Lives Matter Does Not Actually Mean Black Lives Matter...and He's Right

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FILE – In this April 10, 2018 file photo, actor Terry Crews appears on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Crews and agent Adam Venit have agreed to settle a lawsuit in which Crews alleged Venit groped him at a Hollywood party. Venit’s agency William Morris Endeavor, also named as a defendant, confirmed the deal Thursday in a statement saying the lawsuit would be dismissed. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Last night, actor and activist Terry Crews was on a local access channel Don Lemon’s show on CNN. The subject was a tweet sent by Crews on June 30

What a novel concept: grace, a celebration of our shared humanity, an echo of St. Paul (Galatians 3:28), an expression of the American ideal.

But that isn’t the reception he received on social media, where a movement focused on police brutality has morphed into a race grievance industry grift that is overtly hostile to our form of government.

Read our coverage of Crews’ tweet and the reactions here:

The Attack on Terry Crews Is a Wake up Call About Racism and “Black Lives Matter”
Terry Crews Declares He’ll ‘Die on This Hill,’ Uniting With ‘Good People, No Matter the Race, Creed or Ideology’
Actor Terry Crews Gets Dragged For Promoting Equality, Decrying Supremacy Of Any Kind
The Great Terry Crews Gets Shipwrecked Over His Tweet Calling All Children of God His Brothers and Sisters

Lemon, while not as aggressive as he’s been known to be, was certainly not in the mood to let Crews make his case. Crews was repeatedly interrupted and towards the end, Lemon hectored him about what he should believe.

Lemon directly says that Black Lives Matter does not have an all-encompassing goal of protecting black lives. Rather it only cares about black lives that are politically advantageous. He tells Crews that if he wants to be interested in the epidemic of black-on-black violence he needs to start his own organization.

And Lemon is correct. The Black Lives Matter organization (let’s be serious, BLM demonstrations are driven by that organization, there is no such thing as a BLM demonstration that is independent of the organization) is not about saving lives. If that were the case, it would be pro-life and it isn’t. It is about wringing money out of the fearful and gutless and self-loathing leadership of corporate America using the playbook pioneered by Je$$e Ja¢k$on. It is also interested in destroying American society as it currently exists. This from the BLM website:


We are guided by the fact that all Black lives matter, regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration status, or location.

We make space for transgender brothers and sisters to participate and lead.

We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.

We build a space that affirms Black women and is free from sexism, misogyny, and environments in which men are centered.

We practice empathy. We engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts.

We make our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We dismantle the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work “double shifts” so that they can mother in private even as they participate in public justice work.

We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.


“Comrades?” Really, tovarish?

Crews is right. Unless we embrace each other’s shared humanity we are lost. If we follow the path being blazed by BLM, we are on a sure-fire trajectory towards a society that is segregated and fearful and where racial and ethnic groups are forced to band together for safety and to promote self-interests. I seriously doubt Lemon is going to like where that ends up.


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