Conservative commentator Candace Owens said she does “not support George Floyd and the media depiction of him as a martyr for black America.”
In a video posted on her Facebook page, Owens explained that she believes the narrative being pushed by the mainstream media about George Floyd is a “detriment to the black community, at the detriment to the white community, and at the detriment to America as a whole.”
Owens stated that Shelby Steele, a black conservative author, wrote that black American culture is unique in its desire to elevate criminals as heroes of society.
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“Shelby Steele said that the black community is unique from other communities. Our culture is unique from other communities because we are the only community that caters to the bottom denominator of our society,” said Owens. “Now, let me explain what that means. It means to say that not every Black American is a criminal, not every black American is committing crimes. But we are 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.”
Owens said that other cultures, such as Jews, Whites, and Latinos, don’t hold protest rallies to demand justice for convicted felons.
“You would be hard-pressed to find, you know, a Jewish person who has spent five stints in prison, who commits a crime and dies while committing a crime, and that the Jewish people champion and demand justice for.
“You will be hard-pressed to find this in White America. You’ll be hard-pressed to find this even in Latino America. There is a person is spent multiple times in prison. You are not going to see a bunch of Latinos coming out demanding justice for this person,” claimed Owens.
The 31-year-old Owens clarified that she believes Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who is charged with murdering George Floyd, deserves to be prosecuted for his actions.
“I want to be very clear. What I am saying is not any defense for Derek Chauvin. I hope Derek Chauvin gets the justice that he deserves to be, you know, implemented upon him and that the family of George Floyd deserves justice for the way that he died,” said Owens.
However, Owens said that despite the fact that George Floyd was unjustifiably killed by Chauvin, it doesn’t mean that Floyd, a convicted felon, is the model of an outstanding black American.
“I also am not going to accept the narrative that [George Floyd] is the best the black community has to offer,” declared Owens. “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 it’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, is you have to say, ‘this was wrong,’ and that this, you know, ‘this person was amazing. I won’t do that. George Floyd was not an amazing person.”
Owens said she hasn’t spent any time talking about former office Chauvin because nearly every single American agrees that his actions were wrong, so there’s nothing to add to the conversation.
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“Everyone agrees that the police officer was wrong, and the police officer has been arrested. The reason I’m not discussing that is because that is not something that has been misconstrued in the media. He has been turned into the devil that he is and there is no reason for us to harp on that any longer because White Americans are not uplifting Derek Chauvin, as a victim or pretending that he is an amazing human being,” claimed Owens.
On the contrary, however, George Floyd is being “uplifted as an amazing human being” by the media despite the fact that he was high on very dangerous drugs at the time of his arrest, Owens said.
“But George Floyd is being uplifted as an amazing human being. For those of you who have not yet seen the clips and did not pursue or wait for more clips to come out, first and foremost, George Floyd, at the time of his arrest, was high on fentanyl and he was high on methamphetamine. This came back in both of his autopsy reports,” stated Owens.
She continued, “If you pursue the 911 transcript, you can see the person describing somebody who is out of their mind high, and, which is what made the person fearful because he tried to, you know, to use a bill that I guess was a fake bill to purchase something. And then he was outside acting weird. And they, in their police call, said that this person was obviously distorted on drugs.”
Owens added that video evidence shows Floyd dropped a baggie containing a white substance, presumably some type of illicit narcotics, onto the floor while he was in handcuffs.
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“When he is put into handcuffs and is put against the wall, a baggie of what looks to be like cocaine or something, it’s white, it’s a white baggie that he drops onto the floor that you can see in an image if you look up the clip. The media is refusing to circulate it. You can find it on Twitter. If you use DuckDuckGo and look up ‘George Floyd baggie,’ you can watch the clip yourself with your own eyes. He had drugs on him at the time of his arrest.”
Owens reiterated that although she agrees that George Floyd did not deserve to die in police custody, he was not a good person that should be glorified as some sort of hero.
“Nobody thinks that he should have died during his arrest, but what I find despicable to be is that everyone is pretending that this man lived a heroic lifestyle when he didn’t,” said Owens.