I think Don Lemon tried to use his platform to shut down Terry Crews but he didn’t succeed. He ignored Crew’s valid point that Black Lives Matter failed to address the issue of black on black crime. Lemon tried to fall back on the rhetoric that Black Lives Matter is a movement that’s solely about police brutality against black people, but that’s not BLM’s only agenda. Terry Crews pointed to that fact but Lemon strategically ignored his point and continually interrupted him.
Labeling any black person as an “Uncle Tom” is such an obvious ploy. It’s like labeling feminists, man-hating lesbians or ridiculing people who question the mainstream narrative by branding them as conspiracy theorists. This tactic of smearing the voice of dissent is used to attack, discredit and silence. Terry Crews is not an “Uncle Tom”, he’s an anti-racist voice for true equality. He has courageously put his career on the line to speak out, despite the looming prevalence of cancel culture. Racism has always been about fear, hatred and division.