Candace Owens is back at it again with the fake news, claiming on Friday during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference that “America is not a racist country.”
“America is not a racist country,” the prominent Black conservative commentator, and a regular on Fox News insisted. “Stop selling us our own oppression. Stop taking away our self-confidence by telling us that we can’t because of racism, because of slavery.”
Owens continued to pour fuel on the fire adding “I have never been a slave in this country.”
So, I guess that just cancels everything out. Because Black people are no longer enslaved in this country, all the issues that followed slavery, including systemic oppression through Jim Crow laws, have no impact on the present.
Of course, Owens’ comments lit up a Twitter firestorm considering in 2007 her family received a $37,00 settlement from the Stamford, Conn. Board of Education after she accused a group of teens of leaving her threatening and racist messages while she was a high school student, as the Stamford Advocate notes.
But I guess that wasn’t racism? Or maybe racism ended once she received the settlement, something that sports journalist Jemele Hill pointed out in a scathing tweet.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) March 1, 2019
Another journalist, Dean Obeidallah, slammed Owens’ commentary as “beyond irresponsible.”
While Candace Owens can't believe this she is letting white conservatives at #CPAC believe this is true. This emboldens their view that the real victim of racism in America is white people. These words by Owens are beyond irresponsible-they are truly evil. https://t.co/xVnN8aZcYt
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) March 1, 2019
Others on the internet also took Owens to task over her comments.
Your father sued your high school because you were receiving RACIST threatening phone calls. But yeah good thing that’s all over cause you’re not a slave… pic.twitter.com/NHMEQkyLtJ
— Gaytheist Warrior (@MichaHam) March 1, 2019
Here's another contender for the "This Bama Needs to have a Seat!," Award. I don't know what America she's living in, but the one I know still got racism issues. Full Stop! https://t.co/hqwMT4kXJl
— Cornelius Mabin (@DiversitySwirl) March 4, 2019
Define irony: Candice Owens made money off of being taunted by racists, now she seeks to support them at all costs. – Racist threats case filed by Stamford High student settled for $37,500 https://t.co/sIJpHvVeZ4
— Dr. Johannon R. Tate (@Dr_JRTate) March 1, 2019
She makes no fucking sense. Antithetical, hypocritical blather. How does she have such an enormous following? Is black America broken or not? Does racism exist or not? What’s your idea of “hand-ups”? A living wage? Affordable, accessible healthcare? https://t.co/2el9rZOWfC
— J EMMA (@atlowkeysavage) March 1, 2019