Candace Owens’ Conservative Bias, and the Black Lives Matter Movement.

I’m really going to build myself a reputation of starting political drama on family groups, and you know what, I’m okay with it. In fact, I think I revel in it. This time, I’m here to talk about something very specific, related to a video that was circulated on a family group. The video was a Facebook Live by American Commentator, and Pro-Trump Conservative, Candace Owens, who came out to say that she did not support George Floyd.

NOTE: I am a not a member of the black community. I am an Indian, which makes me south asian, and these are just my thoughts on Candace Owens’ video. I am by no means trying to say that I understand what members of the black community go through.

I will be linking the video here so you can also watch it, but if you don’t have the time, my post below will be breaking down every single argument she makes.

So, I’m going to take this point-wise. First, a very common thing that I’ve heard people say, which Candace Owens reiterates in her live, is that all these protests and the martyring of George Floyd is Democrat propaganda. This, I think is a very interesting statement, and the people who support this video should know that Candace Owens is a Conservative herself, making everything she says in this live, propaganda. She mentions that she has been reading up extensively on what some Black authors have to say about police brutality and the black community in general, and the authors she mentions are Walter Williams, who is a right-wing-libertarian who believes capitalism is “morally superior” to other systems, and the second author she mentions is Shelby Steele, a conservative author. I couldn’t catch the third name she said, so if you do, please let me know. Either way, I think this makes it obvious that the ideas that sparked her live are biased in themselves, owing to her ignoring the bigger picture that exists beyond this conservative/democrat debate.

She goes on to say that Shelby Steele had this idea that the African American community is the only community that shouts and yells and seeks justice for the members of their community that are “up to no good”. Now, I’m not sure where Steele came in with that idea, but are you sure that’s true? We’ll come to the truth-falsity of that claim later, but for now let’s move on to how Owens goes on to say that George Floyd, as a person, was terrible. He’s been in prison more than a couple of times for theft, cocaine offences, and was even involved in a crime where 5-6 people barged into an African American pregnant woman’s home to loot it, and that he himself held a gun to her pregnant belly. She also says that George Floyd was also under the influence of drugs when he was arrested, but this was-if you read the news-a red herring to take the blame away from the police officer who killed him. George Floyd died of cardiac arrest.

I think by taking people’s attention away from the Black Lives Matter movement, and trying to focus it on George Floyd’s criminal past, she’s creating yet another red herring to drive people away from what they’re actually trying to fight for, and that is equal treatment of all races before the legal system. I am no one to refute George Floyd’s criminal past, and I am wholeheartedly in support of the woman who was left traumatised, but by bringing this past up now, when people are trying to speak out for justice for the entire black community, is very evidently a diversion.

One thing Owens constantly talks about in her video, is that people are creating this image of how George Floyd was an upstanding, perfect citizen, and because he was not, she can’t and won’t be in support of these protests. While she does say that no one deserved to die the way he did, the very fact that she is not in support of these protests shows that she’s missing the point. The black community have been mistreated by the legal system for years, and people are not fighting to say George Floyd was an amazing human being. They’re fighting and protesting because he was a human being, who, because of his race, was treated in a way that led to his untimely death. George Floyd is by no means the only name in this protest (Tamir Rice, Aiyana Jones, Michael Brown, Wendall Allen, and so many more), and while he might not have been the most morally correct person, the least he deserved was humane treatment by the police.

Candace Owens also has the audacity to state that, and I quote, “…racially-motivated police brutality is a myth…

This is, by far, the most ignorant statement that she could have made, and I’ll get into why she says it. She puts some facts out for us to ponder on, such as, a person has a 25% higher chance of dying at the hands of a police officer as a violent white criminal than as a black criminal, and that, quote “…a total of 9 unarmed, black men were killed by police officers, and a total of 19 white men were killed by police officers…” unquote.

Now, in her live, she stressed very actively on the numbers, but take a look at those sentences again and see the subtle difference her words did not inflect on. Violent white criminal vs black criminal. Unarmed black men vs white men. Do you see what she failed to take into account, on purpose? White men who are killed by the police officers have a way higher chance of being armed and violent, whereas black men are unarmed, and non-violent because they know if they do become violent and do not go along with what the police say, the chances of them being killed are much higher. It is drilled into the black community to be respectful, careful, wary, and cooperative with police officers because it is evident what will happen if they’re not. And yet, they get killed. That is racially-motivated police brutality.

Again, let’s focus on the numbers, and I’m not sure where she’s getting the numbers from but she said them pretty confidently, when a quick search will show you numbers that are vastly different. I checked about 4 different sites, and the number of police killings of white people is between 370-406, and the number of police killings of black people is between 325-359. Almost all sites had different numbers but they were between this range. Now, obviously the first thing we see is that white people deaths were more than black people deaths, and this is the result you will be stuck with if you choose to selectively look at data, something that Candace Owens is doing.

These numbers also take into account the amount of the American population that is taken up by the black and the white communities. White people constitute more than 60% of the population, while the Black people only constitute around 13%. Taking into account those percentages, the number of deaths are severely disproportionate. When you look at the rate of fatal police shootings per million, the black community suffers the highest number of deaths, standing around 42 per million, and white people stand at around 12. Also think about how many of these deaths suffered by the African American community go unreported, or how many times their murderers go scot-free, because more than 98% of the time, the police officers did not face charges.

Alright, moving on, Candace Owens says that it does not matter how much of the population a community takes up, rather the number of crimes members of community commit out of the total number of crimes committed, and to that, I say, okay, fair, makes sense. But she goes on to say that African American people commit way more crimes than White people, and that comparing the number of crimes by community to the actual number of people in the community will give you scarily disproportionate results.

To all the people who think Candace Owens’ argument here is valid, I say, go look at the distribution yourself. White people have a higher number of crimes in the following areas: Rape, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Larceny, Theft, Vandalism, Motor Vehicle Theft, Forgery, and over-all violent crimes (I got all this information from official government websites, so it’s pretty easy to find and not “democrat propaganda”). And the area where the African American/Black community ranks disproportionately higher than all other ethnic groups/races: Robbery. It’s almost as if the conservative, capitalistic, white supremacist situation in the country has pushed the Black community to an economic low where they find themselves forced to commit crimes like robbery in order to survive, isn’t it?

And despite the humongous disparity in those numbers, black people, unarmed black people at that, have a 1.3 times higher chance of being killed at the hands of police officers. And that’s pure, unadulterated, non-selective facts for you.

The fact that she talks so much about how George Floyd wasn’t an upstanding citizen and therefore doesn’t deserve the martyrdom he’s apparently receiving seems very silly (to use a mild word in order to maintain some sort of respectful calmness in this post) when we take into account that she supports a white man who openly admitted to raping a woman, who is misogynistic, racist, homophobic, and chooses to not use his massive privilege for a good cause; as if he deserves to be the president of a country.

The very fact that she constantly refers to these protests as election fodder and propaganda shows clearly her own agenda here. We’re talking about a person dying here. A person’s death that was racially-motivated. Derek Chauvin had his hands in his pockets while his knee was on a man’s neck; a man who was saying “I can’t breathe.” That is not propaganda, that is murder, and racism.

Owens also talks about violent protests, and yes, violent protests should not happen, but again, she’s drawing your attention away from the massive number of peaceful protests that have taken place. A lot of them, taking social distancing into account. Please do not fall prey to selective, manipulative arguments.

These protests are for equality, justice, and the uplifting of the black community that has suffered for decades at the hands of an unjust system bent on exploiting them for the gain of the privileged, and if you can’t understand that, you’re blind and need to educate yourself.

Also, of course, this video is conservative propaganda for obvious reasons. It’s, in her own words, election fodder. Trump himself shared her video which I think says enough. Candace Owens is also known for severely downplaying the lynching of Ahmaud Arbery, and talking against the Black Lives Matter movement in general. And, is it just me, or does it feel very tokenistic that Candace Owens, a black woman, is talking about this? They (the conservatives) know that the one way they can show that they’re not racist is by having an African American woman speak on their behalf, but oh dear, she’s racist, too. Please know how to discern manipulation from truth. Educate yourselves.

To all the non-black-POCs living in America, know that you are able to live the life you’re living in the United States of America, because of the Black Civil Rights Movement.

Again, do not politicise a death to the point of viewing it, and the consequences it brought about as propaganda. Learn about the community and not from biased sources that will try and bend the truth in order to further deepen the division on the basis of race and gain votes of the supremacists. Do not be blind to the truth, and when you see the truth, do not hesitate to change your ideas. Please, for the sake of people everywhere, all over the globe, educate yourselves.

If you want to donate: blacklivesmatter.com

If you can’t donate, support the cause with your voice. You can even check out YouTubers that have made specific videos where all the earnings will go to the BLM movement, and watch those videos to do your bit. And most importantly, I keep saying this, but it is the most important: EDUCATE YOURSELVES.


This blog has seen me very positive usually, but it’s time I actually also start talking about things that matter, and you will be seeing more posts like this one. There are a lot of things that need to be talked about.

33 Comments

  1. I didn’t watch the video but she’s Black right? I don’t understand people like her. She must be really privileged and detached from what’s happening in her community. Thank you for your insight! This must be read by many. It sickens me to know that someone had died yet some people tries to turn things around look like it’s the dead’s fault.

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  2. Arshia, all I can say is wow. I didn’t watch the video but I’m honestly outraged that she had the audacity to say that it was a myth that the police were racially motivated?! What the heck, she needs to smell the bitter coffee and stop creating, like you said, a red herring from the actual focus here, that black lives matter. I mean isn’t she black?! Doesn’t she want to stand and protest for the cause? I mean, I don’t agree with non-violent protests but there are still a whole lot of peaceful protests happening. Thank you for putting this together Arshia, this really educated me and I can see it would have taken a lot of time to put together 💕 I will ooo forward to more powerful posts like these in he future 🙂

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    1. I was so, so angry when I watched the video, because she really seemed to be so ignorant and privileged! She really needs to understand the situation better and possibly interact with people who are actually affected! And yes, there are so many peaceful protests that need to be focused on! Thank you so much for reading, Amber, and you bet I’ll be coming out with more like these! ❤ 🙂

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      1. I can imagine Arshia, from what I read it sounds like she needs to get her head out of her ass! 😂 Exactly, that would be my best advice for her. Agreed, the peaceful protests are amazing and I really tune they could be what changes the world. Of course Arshia, I’ll look forward to it! 💖

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  3. Hearing her actually say those words that racially motivated police brutality is a myth was rather shocking. She sounds really worked up and either he was a criminal or not the whole movement is about justice. If she mentions criminals and black on black crime rates so much, we need to talk about why people commit crimes in the first place. Often it’s due to the pressure caused by cultural goals and social structures, due to the lack of education and unemployment. But the number one reason why people commit crimes is powerty. Economic deprivation is a major instigator. Out of all the people on the planet, around 3 billion are cathegorized as poor and living on low income. By all means, I’m not siding with criminals or supporting them, but we live in the world where rich is getting richer and poor is getting poorer. Thanks for sharing and have a good day my friend 😘

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    1. It certainly was shocking! Drawing people’s attention away from the actual point of the issue is a rather sad tactic to deepen the division in society! You are so right, Aiva, economic disparity and the outrageous difference in the provision of opportunities are some of the main causes of the issue. Thank you so much for your insight, you really articulated well something I couldn’t stress enough in my post! Have a lovely day, Aiva 🙂

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  4. This was very informative and much needed. I didn’t realize this video of Candace Owens existed (I kinda wish I still didn’t; the things she says are so misguiding and manipulative and wrong) but all of your statements about her points in the video were true. I will be looking forward to more posts like this one on your blog- I definitely need to work on being more outspoken about things that matter on mine as well!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sera! I feel the same way, I could really have done without her video existing but I’m glad I could bring out at least some information through my post! And yes, we all really need to use our voices and our platforms to speak for what is right!

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  5. I’m a huge supporter of Candace. But I’ll agree she messed up with this video. There was no reason to bring up George Floyd’s criminal past. It isn’t relevant here. It doesn’t matter if a person is a criminal; they still should never die at the hands of police.

    As far her being biased, I mean…the BLM movement is incredibly biased too. It’s not a bipartisan movement. They stand for a lot more than just black lives. They are anti-capitalist, anarchist, and anti-establishment. Those are radical left-wing views.

    Ending police brutality should be a bipartisan issue.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

      The main difference in the bias that Candace Owens has and the one that you believe the BLM movement has is that Owens is making a personal choice to be influenced by existing conservative discourse, and the BLM movement is brought about not out of choice, but rather the lack of it. That is not to say that she should not be able to make the choice, because she certainly should. But, that is why her views do not see the other side of the coin.

      Another issue is that you are seeing the suffering of the black community as separate from the system, when in fact it is caused because of it. Capitalism has brought about an economic disparity, pushing the privileged to yet a yet more privileged position, and the less-privileged to worse situations. It thrives on exploiting those who aren’t in power, deepening this disparity. So, to actually bring about the upliftment they need, they have to be anti-capitalism and anti-everything-that-is-creating-this-inequality. That is not a personal bias (as is the case with Candace), that is wanting change. And dissent is exactly what keeps a democracy going so they have every right to be anti-establishment.

      And I agree, the ending of police brutality and the upliftment of the black community should be a bipartisan issue, in that both sides of the political debate come together to solve the issue, but I think you are not seeing that supporting the conservative-capitalist-right-view and wanting a bipartisan solution are contradictory. You (and I’m saying that term generally and not you, you) cannot support a cause and also support the problem that made the cause, a cause.

      I hope you were able to see my point of view, and thank you for opening the conversation further!

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  6. UGH this got my blood absolutely BOILING. I literally cannot fathom how she can turn on her *own* community. I imagine she’s spent her life trying to desperately fit into the white conservative crowd and she thinks the best way to do so is to separate herself from the “other” black people. How utterly ridiculous that police (our protectors; people in a position of authority) killing civilians is a PARTISAN issue. xx

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    1. I can imagine, I could hardly contain myself from straight up wanting to throw my phone across the room, but had to hold back for obvious reasons. The sad part is that the white conservative crowd will welcome her with open arms because yay, a Karen from another community that they can use to prove that they aren’t racist or whatever. Ignorant.
      Thanks for reading, Mia xx

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  7. Thank you for this great post! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and learning from your thoughts! I have recently published an article on my blog about the danger of violent protests and why non-violence is the only option in achieving long-term change. If you have time, it would be great if you could check out my article and let me know your thoughts! Thank you and all the best 🙂

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  8. Fantastic blog post. I hope Indians in India read this, before they make knee jerk reactionary comments on social media. It is disappointing to see many Indians in India on social media mocking the BLM as a SJW snowflakes movement.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment! There really are a lot of problems, both in the way uneducated Indians react to the BLM movement, and how they ignore the atrocities going on in their home country. People really need to be educated.

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  9. Good read. I love the rational and humanistic approach presented throughout this post. Candace is a fool who says all the racist things racists wish they could say; a useful puppetted fool. Shelby Steele is a man who, by virtue of his biracial upbringing, has historically seemed distant from the very community about which he constantly writes. Walter Williams is also a mediocre economist with no respect within the field in itself. So his opinions has always been irrelevant to he (if you can’t tell by now, I’m black). I didn’t see the video, but I’m sure the name you couldn’t make out with Thomas Sowell. This is a man who wrote in ‘White Liberal, Black Redneck,’ that racism virtually played no role in slavery. He also wrote an editorial, some years back, in which he stated that Obama is akin to Hitler…because of the Affordable Care Act.. ridiculous all round. These are the “intellectuals” that conservative Americans prop up to push overtly racist, right-leaning agendas. It’s hilariously pathetic, to be honest.

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    1. Thank you so much for reading and for sharing your opinion as well! Ever since I wrote this post, I’ve looked into those authors further and I wholeheartedly agree with you; they really seem like those names people use the same way they try to say “I can’t be racist/homophobic/things-of-the-sort because I have a friend who belongs to the community!”
      It’s a shame that an issue like this has been turned into a political playground to move away from the actual cause.

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      1. I completely agree. But this playground is very old. And it’s metamorphosed into what it is today. They use the far-out, un-grounded social theories from the other side as reason to completely dismiss the issues on which those theories advocate. The “black conservative intellectual,” a person who rails against the identity politics about which he constantly speaks, has become somewhat of a caricature of himself. . . a self-racist caricature. Oddly enough, because identity politics reigns supreme today, their voices are am

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