AceShowbiz - Shameik Moore has clarified his controversial comments which he made in the wake of George Floyd's death. The "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" star received backlash after saying that black community could find a way to avoid being killed or hunted.
After his tweets earned negative comments, he went on Instagram Live to explain his opinions on police brutality. "People are dying and we are handling it differently," he remarked, before noting, "Power hungry policemen should absolutely be reprimanded, should absolutely be punished for their behavior, for how they're handling us, for taking our brothers, our sisters, our fathers, our mothers."
Shameik went on explaining that he gave his take on the situation after seeing a video of a young man "barking" at a cop and he wanted to start a conversation on how to deescalate situation during interactions with police. "Is there another way to handle those situations," he continued. "Speaking appropriately, hand behind the back. There is a way to speak to men in power, women in power."
The 25-year-old actor, however, realized that he offended black community with his earlier statements and for that, he said, "I apologized to anybody I offended in the black community. That was not my intention. I'm not trying to disappoint anybody but I'm trying to think of solution."
In his tweets posted earlier on Thursday, May 28, Shameik wrote, "I have a very strong opinion that the black community hates to hear." He added, "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."
"No one asked for my opinion but it's 2020 not 1945... Meaning I'm more focused on black FUTURES than black history," he continued. "I personally refuse to feel like a victim. I refuse to have a slave mentality. I don’t not [sic] fear for my life because I know how to carry myself in tuff situations."
Instead of calling for an end to police violence, Shameik asked, "Can we the black community find ways to avoid being killed? Or hunted." While he stressed that he wants innocent black men to stop being killed by police, he said that he wants to see how his community can "help stop the problem."