Shameik Moore gets dragged for rant critiquing Black people amid unrest

Black actor believes that because he knows how to 'carry' himself, he is not in danger of conflict with the police

Actor Shameik Moore attends the Backstage Creations Celebrity Retreat at The 47th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 5, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Backstage Creations)

It was a long night for actor Shameik Moore.

Known for his roles as Raekwon in the Hulu series, Wu-Tang: An American Saga and as the voice of Miles Morales in the Academy Award-winning Into the Spider-Verse, Moore is now going to be known across the Twitterverse for a well-deserved dragging.

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Moore decided to chime in on the scourge of police brutality that continues to rear its ugly head even amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“I have a very strong opinion that the Black community hates to hear.” Moore wrote, “We need to learn how to deal with police… and or racism… because THIS is the part of the scenario we have failed to fix. We have to work on our community before blaming everything on ‘racist’ and the police.”

In a tweet, he stated that he believes that because he knows how to “carry” himself, incidents like those that happen to other people of color will happen to him.

The 25-year-old Atlanta native tried to clear up his remarks with a series of three videos, but public opinion about him continued to spiral downhill.

In one post, he continued his respectability politics asserting that Black people just “need to learn how to deal with police.”

One Twitter user responded, “Dawg, Black people aren’t being paid to deal with the police, they’re PAID to deal with us.”

Finally, and even more ill-advisedly, Moore went live on social media to espouse more misinformation and argued with his followers. On the live-stream, he implied that Rosa Parks could have taken a Black-owned taxi cab, instead of standing her ground in protest to the segregated buses in Montgomery, AL.

The entire event was a public relations dumpster fire, resulting in a well-earned dragging.

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Fans of the actor and media personalities, like Roland Martin, offered similar advice, log off Twitter and go read a book.

Moore, who is also a singer and rapper, had promised to release his new single, “MmHmm,” yesterday. That release has been delayed.

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