When I was first introduced to Candace Owens I have to admit I was extremely impressed. She was the real deal. An intelligent, beautiful black women with an unapologetic attitude that oozed effortless confidence. Candace Owens seemingly appeared to embody everything I aspired to be. In addition to her beauty and bravery, her keen insights on black culture, victimhood and how it intertwined with American politics was dynamic and interesting to say the least. In fact, her ideas courageously contrasted popular opinion but held some elements of truth. These qualities immediately drew me in and I anxiously wanted to learn more. But, I as dug deeper and pulled back layers of the onion I became surprisingly disappointed.
You see Ms. Owens was clearly a double edged sword. On one side of the sword Owens was breaking barriers with her distinct ideologies and perspectives that could undoubtedly change Black America. But, on the other side of the sword Owens displayed narcissistic qualities that pushed deceptive narratives and ultimately muted any progress she proclaimed to want for Black America. Unfortunately, to my dismay, I relunctantly learned her voice was not used to push the black race forward. Instead, her voice was used to push herself forward.
Ms. Owens cunningly mixed the black experience with a dash of truth wrapped in her disconnected lies to deceptively alter the narrative into talking points that did not holistically represent Black America. As a result, she failed to reach the very audience she proclaimed to want to help. Sadly, to the majority of Black America she is viewed as judgmental, unemphatic, disconnected from the black culture and narcissistic. In fact, the majority of Black America views Candace Owens as a Black-White Supremacist.
Recently Ms. Owens released a 17 minute video where she shared her thoughts on the George Floyd murder, as well as, Black America’s response to this murder. In the beginning of the video she briefly stated that George Floyd didn’t deserve to die and that she hoped his family received justice. She then went on a 16 minute and 45 second rant on why Black America should not show him any sympathy given he had been to prison 9 times, he used drugs, and in her opinion, was considered to be the bottom denominator of the Black race. She continued to articulately show contempt at the outrage shown across the country (and world) regarding his death. But, the majority of Black America denounced her viewpoint while a portion of America (as whole) agreed with her. But let me explain why her arguments are deceptively flawed.
I have noticed a pattern. Candace Owens continuously changes the narrative of police brutality by deeming the victims as “Violent Criminals” even if during the act of police brutality the individual is not showing any violence. She carefully refers to the person as “Violent” in an attempt to discredit the victim and elevate the person who is actually committing the crime. In fact, in Candace Owen’s opinion, any criminal act done in one’s past is enough to deem that person unworthy of equal and just treatment for the rest of their life. What is confusing about this narrative is that it is against the principles of Christianity and God. Principles she hypocritically uses when it serves her purpose, but forgets when it does not.
Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.
Ms. Owens shows herself to be unforgiving when the indiscretions involves black individuals. But Ms. Owens goes out of her way to forgive and excuse the indiscretions of individuals who are not black. I find these characteristics alarming and illustrates the mindset of Candace Owens.
Next, Ms. Owens refers to George Floyd as the “Bottom Denominator” of the Black race. This is actually pretty laughable to me and shows how disconnected Ms. Owens is from the Black experience. Because Mr. Floyd actually represents the average Black person. A Black person who has been a victim of many of the problems facing the black race including poor education systems, fatherless homes, impoverished neighborhoods, minimal job opportunities and police brutality. In essence, George Floyd represents the current state of Black America. And she, on her high pedestal, has the audacity to judge the black experience. It should be noted, that Black America responded to the murder of George Floyd because most of Black America saw themselves or someone they know within George Floyd. She carelessly made the assumption that “Her” experience was equal to the average “Black” experience. Ms. Owens cannot speak for Black America because she is disconnected from the experience of Black America. Not only was George Floyd a perfect reflection of what systemic racism can do to a person, his life was ultimately ended by police brutality. In its simplest form, George Floyd represents “in whole” the tragic Black experience of individuals in America.
Next, I noticed Candace Owens attempts to use statistics of officer involved shootings to discredit police brutality. This is another laughable offense by Ms. Owens. We have learned over the last three years that statistics and the news can be deceivingly false. On one hand she will use statistics to prove her point, but on another hand she will use the narrative that statistics are misleading to disprove anything that does not agree with her arguments. I think we can easily say all incidents of police brutality is not reported. Come on now, we are speaking about the most vulnerable and voiceless community in America. So there is no way the statistics she is quoting is correct. Additionally, the media is very selective in what they cover and do not cover. That is why the phrase “fake news” has been trending for several years now. Personally, I have seen police brutality and heard stories of police brutality that is never reported or discussed outside of small social circles. The problem of police brutality is very real and very prevalent, that is why you are seeing a nationwide (and even worldwide) response. Again, this speaks to how disconnected Ms. Owens is from the average Black experience.
Candace Owens had the potential to be a role model for so many black little girls. Candace Owens had the the potential to be a strong black leader. Perhaps, even the strongest black leader in history. But, instead of using that power for good, Owens uses the power to judge, berate and disregard Black people. Her unemphatic and lack of understanding to the average Black experience leaves her to be nothing more than a Black-White Supremacist. She is not an activist for Black America. Candace Owens cannot relate to Black America. Candace Owens is a activist of alt-right nationalist. Going forward Black America should ignore her entirely. By not responding to her ignorance she will become irrelevant.
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