Conservative commentator Candace Owens opened herself up to criticism after recording a highly controversial video that was posted to YouTube in which she argued that George Floyd is not the hero that the mainstream media wants you to believe.
Owens, in the video posted on Thursday, explains why she does “not support George Floyd and the media depiction of him as a martyr for black America.”
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 attempted to portray Floyd as having “started a new life” since his five-year stint in prison, Owens points to his attempt to use a counterfeit bill paired with the initial call to
police which reported Floyd a man was clearly high 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 stresses, however, that by pointing out Floyd’s criminal record she is by no means attempting to justify the now arrested Officer Derek Chauvin’s actions in killing Floyd. She also added that Floyd’s family “deserves justice for the way that he died.”
Owens is instead critical of the African American community as being the only one to “cater 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.”
Citing 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.”
“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.
Owens said at the beginning of her video that the decision whether or not to post this “has been weighing very heavily on [her] heart and mind.”
She added that she faced enormous external pressure to go along with the popular opinion about Floyd and felt in the beginning that her silence may be the best approach.
She then said, “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.”