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In an explosive 18-minute video posted on YouTube Thursday, conservative commentator Candace Owens explains why she does “not support George Floyd and the media depiction of him as a martyr for black America.”

During her at-times impassioned video post (below), Owens, who is African-American, criticizes what she describes as the African-American community “cater[ing] to the bottom denominator of our society” by “demand[ing] support and justice for the people in our community that are up to no good.” The holding up of Floyd as a “martyr for black America,” she suggests, is an example of this trend that she forcefully rejects.

In the video, Owens highlights Floyd’s criminal record, particularly a 2007 armed robbery of a woman’s home in Houston, for which Floyd was convicted in 2009 and served five years in prison. While the media has generally portrayed Floyd as having “started a new life” since his five-year stint in prison, Owens points to his alleged attempt to use a counterfeit bill, which prompted the ultimately fatal arrest, and two autopsies indicating he had drugs in his system as evidence suggesting he had not fully reformed.

Owens repeatedly stresses that by highlighting Floyd’s criminal record she is not attempting to justify former Officer Derek Chauvin’s actions, which she thoroughly condemns; rather, she is arguing that Floyd should not be held up as some form of “martyr” or role model for the black community.

The desire to post the message, Owens begins, “has been weighing very heavily on my heart and on my mind,” but she held back because there are “so many emotions and so much pressure for me to go with the popular opinion about who George Floyd was, and sometimes it can be difficult when there were just so many external pressures to say what you believe. And this was an instance where I felt like my silence would have been better in the beginning.”

“But the more that I would think about it, I realized that we are being sold a lot of lies, at the detriment to the black community at the detriment to the white community and at the detriment to America as a whole,” she continued. “So I want to come out and say that I do not support George Floyd and the media depiction of him as a martyr for black America.”

Citing conservative African American author and columnist Shelby Steele, Owens says the black community is “unique in that we are the only people that fight and scream and demand support and justice for the people in our community that are up to no good.” While she strongly condemns Chauvin’s actions and says the family of George Floyd “deserves justice for the way that he died,” Owens states, “I also am not going to accept the narrative that this is the best the black community has to offer.”

“For whatever reason it has become fashionable over the last five or six years for us to turn criminals into heroes overnight, and it is something that I find to be despicable and there’s something that I refuse to stand by any longer and I am not going to play a part in it — no matter how much pressure comes from black liberals and black conservatives as some token of people wanting you to believe that this is the only way you can be black,” she says.

Watch her full statement below:

  • Intellectual Impaler says:

    How did we go from an actual Martyr for the black community with MLK Jr. to all these “woke martyrs” that everyone of them had criminal records? It boggles the mind in the matter of sensibilities that they think being a criminal is fashionable nowadays.

  • N. Wilson Oliver says:

    Candace Owens is conflicted by the same issues that ANYONE with a TRUE conscience would be experiencing, the unnecessary and callous killing of a person already under control. I even have my doubts as to that veracity; as with the virus, it was TOO convenient, cops standing around, video running, just as the virus “miraculously (for the Left)” occurring at the beginning of the election year to discredit the accomplishments of President Trump.

    However, the issue is Ms. Owens and Mr. Floyd. Ms. Owens has a different and special perspective, being black, that I, of Hispanic heritage growing up in the 1950s, share only somewhat, certainly not as deeply. My point is that it is NOT a simple matter to DISTANCE oneself from the awareness of racial prejudice against a community based on color of skin OR heritage OR ethnicity. In a word, WRONG,WRONG, WRONG.

    On the other hand, Ms. Owens, as MANY other African Americans, is a brilliant, articulate, sensitive human being AND hates the CONDESCENDING “LIMO-LIB” narrative, the crocodile tears and the IMPLICATION that the Blacks cannot do better, that they REALLY DEEP DOWN are lower-class, often criminals, etc. BULLSHIT! Those who ARE CHOOSE their IGNORANT WAYS, their JIVE LIFE, their ATTITUDE, while JUKING the white fools into giving them a free pass. This is NOT inherent because of color of skin and IF BLM truly was sincere (including the bleeding heart whites), they would FOCUS THEIR ANGER on the “HIGH CRIME NEIGHBORHOODS” where CHILDREN DIE DAILY!!! Not by their own hands or those of “white cops,” but by the ROGUE BLACK BROTHERS AND SISTERS who don’t give a F*ck about the consequences of their criminal culture.

    Ms. OWENS can put up her credentials with the HIGHEST in ANY group–she has ACHIEVED, NOT because she’s black, but because she’s got those abilities and worked HARD to achieve.

    But she’s NOT going to take on the ADDED BAGGAGE of a “black brother” who “euphemistically” was “turning his life around.” MLK was a Martyr, Medgar Evers was a Martyr, the role is replete with brave African Americans who CONFRONTED AMERICANS and did so heroically.

    George Floyd died wrongly but NOT heroically. Wrongly!! Let the courts show their mettle and demonstrate American Justice, NOT revenge, but Righteous Justice and PUNISH those who acted wrongly.

    And let Ms. Owens have her voice during the Babel and Chaos of so many insane voices.

  • Anne Elizabeth Rookey says:

    Thank God for people like you, Candace, for telling us the truth. I will be forwarding this to many people.

  • JMJ says:

    My parents always taught me to not put myself in the position where if I get into trouble at school with my teachers, in public with the police, or at anytime break the law, and get arrested, that you asked for it and you should be and will be punished for it. I’m not saying that anybody should be killed over it. No no a thousand times no!! But if you attempt to pass counterfeit money, there will be a penalty to pay with the law. Just sayin’. Don’t break the law and you will be fine.

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