Malcolm X spoke extensively about people like Candace Owens. He could plainly see the white supremacist utility in people like her.
“he take a so-called negro and make him prominent, build him up, publicize him, make him a celebrity, and then he becomes a spokesman for negros and a negro leader.”
Rest assured, Candace Owens is not a spokesman for the Black community, but a token and a pawn in a charade. But, please do not take it from me – it is vital and much more important to hear POC speak on this matter.
To be very clear, this is not even my idea – this type of piece has been written dozens and dozens of times. Here is a quick sampling:
“Candace Owens, the Black woman they anointed as their right-wing darling because of her willingness to demean her own race the way most white people never would have the guts to do.”
Is that enough?
Set aside the fact that she’s an absolute phony – Candace Owens is, transparently, an opportunist exploiting an easily manipulated class of people by peddling self-hating delusion with a solid 100% she’s-a-liar track record on PolitiFact.
Malcolm X also said
“The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman.”
Statistics of all kinds back that statement up.
Thus, if you can get a Black female voice to debase oneself and share false racist narratives, lots and lots of folks seeking to validate their already-held beliefs are going to eat it up. Malcolm X stated clearly: this is not a new concept.
It is an insidious one and it’s working effectively on the intended target.
To summarize: she has no credentials. She is mere college drop-out. She is not offering research-based missives on anything at all. Instead, it is exclusively re-framed opinions that David Duke could script, dressed up for YouTube and posted to capitalize on views.
Is this the same as putting on a Klan robe? It might be worse. Klansmen are wearing their racism literally on their sleeve. They know they are racist; they own it.
Folks compelled to inject Candace’s videos or tweets into their personal feeds, think they are sharing – I’m actually not sure. News? Deep philosophy? Counterpoint? That is the point – it’s just flagrant misinformation and divisive confirmation bias. It’s unchallenging, it’s lazy, and it’s very dangerous.
If you have posted a Candace Owens’ video to your Facebook page, does that make you a de facto member of the KKK? It does not. And, that’s the truly cunning nature of this shameless content.
White people, please stop sharing Candace Owens. Amplify this black voice instead.