Candace Owens is receiving backlash for expressing her opinion on the death of George Floyd in a Twitter livestream. In the video captioned “Confession: #GeorgeFloyd is neither a martyr or a hero. But I hope his family gets justice,” Owens denounces the idolization of George Floyd in the weeks following his tragic death.
The stream opens with Owens stating “I have been sitting on how I felt about this George Floyd situation now for a few weeks and I’m finally ready to say now what I know to be true.” She elaborates: “ I am aware it’s going to make a lot of people hate me but at the end of the day I think truth is more important.”
In the video Owens criticizes the movement for Floyd that “paints him to be Martin Luther king.” Frustration is visible on her face as she claims “it has become extremely fashionable for us to martyr criminals.”
The man that protestors worship as being the face of the justice movement is a “career criminal,” according to Owens. She recounts the extensive criminal history of Floyd highlighting when he robbed a pregnant woman at gunpoint in her home. Floyd held a gun to the woman’s stomach as he instructed his accomplices to rob her.
Owens references Floyd’s autopsy report that showed he had methamphetamine and fentanyl in his system at the time of arrest. She finishes dissecting the narrative written by protestors by stating “spare me your bull**** about him being on the right track.”
The commentary is igniting backlash from protestors who took to Twitter this morning to hurl insults. From accusations that Owens is a “white Supremacist who profits off of being the black face of white racism” to others claiming she has “a clear case of Stockholm Syndrome.” It’s apparent that not all black voices are welcome in the discussion of black justice.
Candace Owens is a Black, white Supremacist who profits off of being the black face of white racism.
Black people can always make a quick buck being willing to say all the racist stuff white racists want to but can’t. #CandaceOwens
— Benjamin Dixon 🏴🚩🇺🇸 (@BenjaminPDixon) June 4, 2020
Owens continuously repeats that “there is no dispute or argument that you’re going to hear from me that what Derek Chauvin did was right.” She calls for justice for Floyd’s family and condemns the actions of Chauvin, a fact that is conveniently forgotten.