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Everybody (On Twitter) Hates Terry Crews And Christianity

Tuesday, Twitter reminded NFL player-turned-actor Terry Crews that Jack Dorsey’s social media app taxes its popular users for expressing Christian values.

Crews, a co-star on the NBC sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” tweeted polite concern regarding the direction and messaging of the Black Lives Matter Movement. He wrapped his concern in his Christian beliefs, tweeting:

“If you are a child of God, you are my brother and sister. I have family of every race, creed and ideology. We must ensure #blacklivesmatter doesn’t morph into #blacklivesbetter.”

The tweet sparked the kind of massive “blacklash” we’ve come to expect when any influencer dares to deviate from the pre-approved racial narrative popularized via social media. 

Twitter’s racial gatekeepers unleashed thousands of critical tweets directed at Crews. All of Tuesday, he was one of America’s top trending topics. The mainstream media followed the lead of the Silicon Valley social media app, publishing and broadcasting stories of the “blacklash” Crews endured for his tame tweet.

Public figures received a not-so-subtle warning/reminder: 

Do not, under any circumstance, question the agenda, direction or ramifications of the Black Lives Matter Movement. If you have ever wondered whether BLM is consistent with the values taught in your church, do not raise those questions or concerns publicly. If you see a guilt-ridden white person kneeling in front of and asking a black person for forgiveness as if the black person embodied God, do not question either person’s sanity or the sacrilegious messaging. You will be race shamed.

Before I go further, let me offer some context.

I’m a Terry Crews fan. We played college football in the Mid-American Conference at the same time. I played at Ball State. Crews played at Western Michigan. In 1988, Crews and I competed for the MAC Championship in a game at Ball State. Crews was an all-conference defensive end. I was an offensive tackle. The Broncos beat us that day 16-13.  I’ve never forgotten the game. It’s the most important football game I ever played in.

I followed Crews’ NFL career. When he flipped to acting and became the star of a series of Old Spice commercials and Chris Rock’s dad on “Everybody Hates Chris,” I took a lot of pride in his success. His achievements in the Hollywood world mirrored my advancement in the sports media world. 

Two black kids from the Midwest used their college football careers as springboards to bigger and better things. 

Crews married a girl from my home state of Indiana. They publicly identified as Christians. 

I have followed the controversies involving Crews the past few years and wondered how difficult it is for a Midwest Christian to handle the sexual perversions and racial hypocrisies of Hollywood. 

In 2017, Crews revealed that a high-level male executive sexually assaulted him by repeatedly grabbing his crotch at a party. In 2019, social media backlash forced Crews into apologizing for saying that kids not raised by a man and woman are “malnourished.” In January of this year, after facing stiff social media backlash, Crews apologized to actress Gabrielle Union for saying that he didn’t feel the environment and culture of the TV show “America’s Got Talent” was racist.

Social media, Twitter in particular, is hostile to Christian values. Twitter is the most secular place on earth. This is why it’s the preferred platform of Black Lives Matter, a movement founded by women trained in Marxist ideology. Karl Marx’s political ideology is anti-religion. Don’t take my word for it. Do your own research

“Black Twitter,” the loosely defined network of black people on the social media app, is the communication force disconnecting young and old black people from their religious upbringing. African-Americans had traditionally been the most religious people in America. Religious faith had been our defining characteristic. 

Twitter has defined us by our political affiliation. Joe Biden’s “you ain’t black” comment on the Breakfast Club accurately reflects the sentiment of Black Twitter. A liberal political point of view defines blackness. There is no other race or ethnicity that allows itself to be defined this way. Is it healthy? Is it a smart strategy?

Here’s what’s worse. Let’s say you’re not political but your point of view is driven by your religious beliefs. The expression of your religious values put you at odds with Joe Biden’s and Black Twitter’s definition of blackness. I’ve lived this experience throughout my 30-year media career. I’ve rejected politics and a political identity. As I’ve written previously, my worldview is driven by my religious faith and American patriotism. 

There’s a tax for that. Twitter is the IRS for Christians. Terry Crews just received another IRS notification of audit and tax penalty. His statement of brotherhood and sisterhood with all of God’s children — regardless of their race, creed and ideology — placed him in the Twitter crosshairs.

If your worldview is driven by your faith in a higher power and you have the courage to publicly express that worldview, social media will come for you. 

That’s why the fraudulent Black Lives Matter narrative is rarely challenged. 

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Written by Jason Whitlock

Jason Whitlock is a longtime sports writer, TV personality, radio host, podcaster and the newest member of the Outkick family.
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  1. I’ve always appreciated anyone willing to profess their faith when they are a public figure. It has been in vogue for some time to be anti-Christian. Chris Cuomo said about as much on CNN recently when he said just love and care for others and you don’t need a higher power or god to make the world a better place. For me focusing on the fact that God is bigger than all of this is what keeps me going. I don’t pretend to know everything and I think that’s a cornerstone of Christianity. Be willing to humble yourself. I have to tell myself to do this every day.

    At some point it will just be a given when people post but another great article from Whitlock and Outkick.

    • I believe they will all lose viewers. It will certainly be interesting to see who loses the most. One thing the pandemic, and Hong Kong controversy, has taught me, is how much I don’t need the NBA. Football will be harder to sacrifice, but my days of watching the NBA are done. The product hasn’t been that great lately anyway.

      • I loved basketball during Bird & Magic era. I stayed when MJ arrived because you had to watch, but once he departed, I was done. In recent years when they got so woke, highlights became unwatchable for me.

        Baseball had a chance to get people’s attention but they blew it.

        • The NBA used to be such a great sport. The Bird and Magic era was a little ahead of my time, but I loved watching MJ and all the stars of the 90s (I grew up in Utah as a Jazz fan, so it still stings that Malone and Stockton never won it). I also agree about the NBA being too woke. the actual product is just a side show now for their woke agenda. I totally agree with you that it has all become unwatchable.
          It’s also too bad that baseball blew their chance. What could have been.

  2. Hey Jason,
    Your reflections on Terry Crews and yourself during your college days (great anecdote about the MAC Championship) and how you both used it as a stepping stone to significant careers in entertainment and media made me think about this:
    Professor Walter Williams writing about his friend of 50 years, Dr. Thomas Sowell:
    “Sowell cares about people. He believes that compassionate policy requires dispassionate analysis. He takes seriously the admonition given to physicians, “primum non nocere” (first, do no harm). In many respects, Sowell is…like the great Nobel laureate Friedrich Hayek, who often talked about elites and their “pretense of knowledge.” These are people who believe that they have the ability and knowledge to organize society in a way better than people left to their own devices — what Hayek called the fatal conceit. Their vision requires the use of the coercive powers of government.”
    Dr. Sowell and Prof. Williams, both esteemed and brilliant in economics and philosophy, are still with us, but their voices are sorely missed in times like these.
    Best wishes,

  3. Jason,
    Just a quick PS – You’ve mentioned how you were enamored of Malcolm X in your college days. Well Dr. Sowell considered himself a Marxist during his days at Harvard (small wonder there lol).

  4. “Imagine”
    (The not-Hollywood version)

    Imagine all the actors,
    I wonder if you can.
    No Bentley in their driveway,
    No gate around their land.
    Imagine all the actors.
    Living like we do.
    They may say we’re resentful.
    But we don’t want their stuff.
    Just spare us all your pity.
    We’ve all had quite enough.

    Imagine there’s no movies,
    No streaming or TV.
    No actors patronizing,
    Shedding tears for you and me.
    Imagine all of Hollywood,
    Struggling like we do.
    They may say we’re ungrateful,
    But those commercials are absurd.
    We hope someday you’ll stop weeping.
    And put actions to your words.

    Imagine nice possessions,
    It’s pretty hard to do.
    A good car in the driveway,
    Food on the table too.
    Imagine all the actors,
    Living hand to mouth.
    They may say I’m just jealous,
    But I’m not the only one.
    Just live your lavish lifestyle,
    Leave the rest of us alone.

    • Herb…you should add a verse to your opus for King James. When the mob realizes the great ocean view he has they’re gonna come for him. That gate he spray painted a while back won’t save him.

    • i remember when i was like 8 and i hear ‘imagine’ on the radio and thought, ‘what a nice song’ John Lennon’s voice, and stress on certain words…15 years after that it had to be explained to me why that song is so controversial and destructive if people believe that train of thought…the absence of any semblance of faith in our society is tragic, and it seems as though we are raising youth without faith… frankly i dont understand an existence without the belief that your faith will carry you to the afterlife and your actions on earth, according to the golden rule and the bible, will not reward you after succumbing to an earthly death…that being said, why would American secularists be so willing to drive up the anger, and make their own existence as well as their followers so unpleasant?

  5. Thank you Jason. I appreciate Terry Crews for openly and courageously living his faith, and I appreciate the courage and loyalty you show by openly defending him. I certainly am not surprised. I have followed your work for a long time. Another thing that never surprises me is the ignorance and intolerance of the leftist, progressive, phoney hypocrits. I appreciate all those who say what they believe and DON’T APOLOGIZE to the mob.

  6. Paul, no chance of me ever apologizing (unless I do something wrong). Appreciate you guys joining the Outkick family. We need you guys to recruit your friends. We need an Army to talk some sense into this country. We need to be a voice to corporate America that we want our country back.

  7. Jason, I love you articles and am new to Outkick/Twitter so I am catching up on older articles! The irony of this article and this post is thick as I found Outkick after starting to follow Will Cain on twitter (I am or at least use to be an avid ESPN radio listener…dwindling quickly) and he retweeted one of your articles a couple of days ago. That being said, I would like to pass this verse to you and Mr. Crews, my wife shared it with me a few days ago and seems to have a special meaning in this social media age. I’ll leave it to you all to find a Bible and read for yourself to see how it speaks to you:

    1 Thessalonians 5: 1-2

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