5 Reasons the #MeToo movement got an epic boost

Terry Crews was a big part of the story, but just a part — and that was key

Zach Budd
Zach Budd
Jul 5, 2018 · 7 min read

On June 26, the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary met to hear testimony regarding a review of the 2016 Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights. Testifying alongside Nobel Peace Prize nominee and founder/CEO of the national civil-rights non-profit Rise, Amanda Ngyuen, was well-known, author, actor, husband, father and former NFL football player Terry Crews.

In the case of Ngyuen, her story alone is inspirational and compelling. But Crews’ testimony was nothing short of a watershed moment in the societal history of Black men in America. Moreover, it was an epic moment for the #MeToo movement, for at least five reasons:

“I have seen many, many young Black men provoked into violence. And they are in prison, or they were killed. They are not here.” — Terry Crews

Though there appeared to be plenty of news reports of Terry Crews’ appearance before the Judiciary Committee, the coverage seemed to focus on the actor’s appearance and his vocal support for the #MeToo movement. However, subtle but significant nuances of this hearing seemed to have escaped media attention. The current iteration of the #MeToo movement is considered to be slightly more than a year old, but it is growing up. Accountability has been solidified as more people are coming forward and being heard. Waves of victims, too long silenced, are speaking up, and the responses are starting to look different. Male victims are being listened to and supported like never before. They now have a champion in Terry Crews.

The “cult of toxic masculinity” is in trouble. Crews’ appearance was important, not because he is a famous actor, but because he is a Black man who publicly said things that had never been publicly said by a Black man before. He spoke his truth in a supporting role. He admitted his victimhood and his failings. But he also made a powerful call to action; “I was a member of this toxic system. I didn’t assault anyone, but I was complicit. I turned a deaf ear. The silence is deafening. I now say, that men need to hold men accountable. THAT is the only way this is going to change.” You’ve been heard loud and clear Mr. Crews.

Welcome to the movement. Let’s go.

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Zach Budd

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Zach Budd

Polyamorous, Black, kinky, geeky, Consent Activist, slut, survivor, TrekkER, MSW student, Wakandan, hockey fan, dog rescuer, lover of bourbon, coffee, & cigars

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