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Terry Crews Tweets Frederick Douglass’ Speech On Haitian Revolution, Sparks Debate

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Terry Crews actively uses Twitter to discuss newsworthy events. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

 

Actor Terry Crews is no stranger to politics. After speaking out about his experience with sexual assault and joining the #MeToo movement, the actor has become a beacon for revolutions of all kinds. So it’s no surprise that on Tuesday, Jan. 16, he tweeted quotes from a speech by Black abolitionist Frederick Douglass made 125 years ago.

On the heels of the Department of Homeland Security’s plans to ban hopeful Haitian workers following Donald Trump’s “shithole” comments, Crews reminded his followers that America owes a lot to the Caribbean nation.

“Until Haiti spoke… no Christian nation had abolished slavery,” said Crews’ tweet quoting Douglass’1893 Chicago World’s Fair lecture. “Until she spoke… the slave trade was sanctioned by all the Christian nations of the world… Until Haiti spoke, the church was silent and the pulpit dumb.”

The tweet led to a back and forth over Haiti’s current state given the nation’s uprising.

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