by Jermaine Reed
Recently, Black troll and conservative blackface operative Candace Owens released a video attempting to denigrate the legacy of the man whose murder by police sparked the recent historical protests. Owens’s contentions are that because George Floyd was not perfect, Black people should not defend him. Not only is she wrong, she is dangerous. It is time to boycott and silence Candace Owens.
Before I get into the obvious self-hate that has warped Owens’s perception of Black people and herself, let me tell you who George Floyd was. George Floyd was a flawed Black man. Though he had run-ins with the law, he was a man who wanted things to change. He even released videos encouraging young Black men in the streets to turn away from that lifestyle. From media reports, he was also a convicted felon.
Owens’s argument that Floyd was a bed person rests on the faulty idea that, somehow, a conviction makes a person “bad.” One-third of Black men will at some point face some part of the criminal justice system. It isn’t because Black men are bad. It’s because of systematic racism. Owens is arguing that we should measure the characters of Black men by the same racist system meant to hold Black men down. Owens is telling Black America not to fight for the Black man.
Recently, I saw a video of a young white girl allegedly debating with her parents about race relations and how racism holds Black men back. At one point in the video, the girl’s father calls Black people animals or something similar. Though the girl is progressive in her reasoning on racism, her ignorant parents tell her she uninformed. The mother, attempting to defend herself as “not racist,” contends that Black people should raise their children and teach them “this is the world we live in.” Blacks must accept and embrace their second-class citizen status.
And therein lies the problem: racism is being taught in the households of white of America, and Black puppets like Candace Owens give cover to racist white ideas and attempt to paint them Black. Owens attempts to feed Black America the proverbial poisoned Kool-Aid, while defending and benefiting from systematic racism.
When Owens was a kid, her town’s democratic mayor’s son pranked called Owens’s home and made racist remarks to Owens. Long story short, her family settled a lawsuit with the mayor, and Owens has hated herself, Black people and Democrats since. Anything Black or in support of Black, Owens hates. She tries to rationalize that hate into seemingly reasonable contentions, but at the end of the day, it’s hate meant to discourage the plight of Black people to be truly free in this country.
Because of racism, more Black men disproportionately face the criminal justice system than their white counterparts. If you don’t believe me, tell me the difference between the weed that makes white men billionaires today versus the weed that made Black men felons for generations? The difference is that when powerful white men want something, they make it law. When it appears to be a Black issue, it becomes illegal. This is why a Black person convicted of selling crack faced ten times more time in prison than a person convicted of selling raw cocaine.
Black men have been hanged by the system every way you could imagine. Some of racist laws like Jim Crow have been dismantled, but there are thousands more leading to the disinfranchisment of Black men. People like Candace Owens mock the Black plight. She doesn’t love being Black. She doesn’t love Black people. She loves corporate white America and watching systematic racism kneel its foot onto the necks of Black people all around the country.
Because Candace Owens hates Black people, we must #SilenceCandace. This must trend. We must boycott any “news” or station, podcast or internet show or any entity willing to spread the hate Owens spews. This means boycotting Trump at the ballot box this November, since he supports Owens’s view of Floyd.
Please help #SilenceCandace.
*Jermaine Reed is a writer from Chicago who writes fiction, local news stories and national news stories. Please join his email list to get updates on blog posts, writing advice and free books.