Actor and comedian Terrence K. Williams joined conservative commentator Candace Owens on the Daily Wire's latest episode of Candace. The two discussed how Williams got his start; what his experience in foster homes was like and how his adopted parents changed his life; and his upcoming comedy tour, Laugh at Your Own Risk.
Williams said it's time to quit "blaming the white man for everything."
"We can all blame somebody for something. But what is that going to do? Is it going to help you? Is it going to change anything, blaming someone?" he asked.
He said, "I understand that people grow up and they have a hard life, but there comes a time when you have to start taking responsibility. I mean, me growing up in foster care, I could blame my momma, I could blame my daddy, I could blame the system. I could play the blame game my whole life, but that doesn't help me."
Williams shared his triumphant story from the foster care system to being a welcomed guest to the White House. During his childhood, he was in and out of a dozen unstable foster care homes before he was adopted at 15-years-old by loving adoptive parents.
He recounted how the judge got tired of seeing his family back in family court again and again. And the judge made a decision, saying: "I want these children to have a better life." That's when the judge took his mother's parental rights away.
"I do love my mother, but we did not deserve to go through that at all, and for it to be back and forth. We didn't deserve to struggle. We were children. Children don’t deserve to be hungry. They need to be loved and taken care of, and she could not do that. So I think the judge made the right decision by taking her rights away and giving other families a chance to take care of us," Williams stated.
Williams said his mother, who was addicted to crack cocaine, had nine children: seven boys and two girls in addition to grandkids.
His oldest sister was 11-years-old when she had her first child and aged 13 when she had her second kid. "So my sister stepped in big time and helped us out, made sure we were fed, but then again, she was only a child too," Williams said.
Williams emphasized why family is important. "A child needs his father and his mother. Before I was adopted I was going down the wrong path. And thank God that my adopted parents…they didn't play!" Williams stated. He remembered what his adoptive father would say: "Terrence, pull your pants up. You look stupid."
"Dude what are you doing? You are not a thug," Williams recalled what his adoptive father would tell him, reminding him of who he is. "Who do you think you are? No, you're not hanging around those people," he continued. "Terrence, why are you going to projects? You don't live there. You live with us."
Williams said, "If I didn't have those people in my life. I don't know where I would be at right now. Because you need a father figure and you need a mother in your life. You need both parents. So family is very important."
"Excuses ain't getting me anywhere. Excuses didn't do any good for me. Like I said earlier, there's a time in your life when you have to start moving on and taking responsibility. I was playing the blame game, 'Oh I grew up in foster care,' having these excuses. 'Oh I can't be a lawyer. I can't be a doctor. I can't be this because I didn't grow up like this child or that child.' But that didn't get me anywhere, and I got tired of being…broke! So I had to start chasing my dreams and doing what I love to do," Williams described what motivated him forward in life.
He has since dedicated his platform and comedic career to improving the lives of underprivileged children everywhere. He now garners millions of views online.
Williams said he was on lunch break when he made his first Facebook Live video. "I just made a video because I kept seeing people on my timeline telling me, 'Terrence, it's time we move back to Africa. We've got to get out of this country.' And I was like, 'Hold on. Back to Africa? I've never been to Africa! What do you mean go back? I haven't even been to Alabama yet!'" Williams said.
"Listen, this is the greatest country in the world. Why would I want to move to Africa? A lot of people are moving here. I mean everybody's coming here, so what's the point of leaving here when everybody is coming here," he stated.
Williams said he told others, "Half of y'all need health insurance. Why would you want to move to Africa?" He added, "They've got flies out there that could kill you. Why would you want to move out there? Are you crazy? It's dangerous out there!"
He noted that it was sarcasm. "I know there are great places in Africa," he said.
Williams said it's "pretty disgusting" when left-wing activists scream "black excellence," instructing allies to support black-owned businesses and black men and black women, when he wasn't backed by the same community. "I didn't get that support from them. All because I was a conservative. All because I supported President Trump. So I was really caught by surprise," Williams explained.
"They are not proud of black people they can't control. If they can't control you, they will never be proud of you. They have to control you. You have to follow after them. You have to stand in line and do what they say. When they say jump, you're suppose to say, 'How high?' And if you don't say, 'How high?' they don't support you anymore. They just throw you away," the well-known Trump supporter said.
The actor was invited by former President Donald Trump to the White House in February 2020 during Black History Month. At the time, Williams said Trump was "MAKING BLACK HISTORY with all the great things he's doing for us" and called the commander-in-chief the greatest since President Abraham Lincoln.
Williams will be on tour in Florida and Texas. He wanted to take the tour to New York City, but he's not getting vaccinated against COVID-19, and venues in that city have been enforcing a mayoral executive order requiring it for entry.