Who is Candace Owens? What you need to know about the right-wing activist Kanye West tweeted about
She’s been called a shill for the far-right
Candace Owens shot to fame this week when Kanye West tweeted that he "loves the way she thinks." Owens, who has made a career from spouting inflammatory conservative views, is an employee of Turning Point USA, a secretively funded far-right organization committed to, among other things, exposing professors for being left wing.
Activist Shaun King wrote that it was "sad" that Owens came to prominence by shilling for the reactionary conservative movement, and that Kanye picked up on her views. "A market has always and will always exist for men and women like this who say what bigoted white folk love to hear," King wrote. "They will always have a seat at somebody’s table."
So who is Candace Owens, and what about her appeals to Kanye? Babe went through her catalog of views to see what she believes and what she's done as one of the leading figures of Turning Point USA.
Candace Owens thinks white guilt is a 'trend that needs to die'
In this video from her YouTube channel "Red Pill Black," Owens rails against the concept of white guilt:
"Why on earth wouldn't a white person be able to give his opinion just because he doesn't look like the subject of the story? I mean, am I not allowed to say strangling puppies is wrong, because I'm not a dog?"
Candace Owens hates the Women's March
Filmed in honestly what looks like her bathroom, Owens claims that women in America have nothing to march about, because "President Trump has elected more women to high-ranking cabinet positions than any president in the history of the United States." This is a lie.
But also which women could Owens be talking about? Women like Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, who spouts alternative facts? Or Betsy DeVos, the billionaire education secretary, who wants to arm teachers and cut public education funding? Or maybe Gina Haspel, the CIA director nominee, who ran a secret torture prison? You decide!
Candace Owens thinks the Nazi protests and murder at Charlottesville were no big deal
Remember the Charlottesville protests last August, when Nazis and Klansmen gathered to chant about how much they love the Confederacy and how much they hate Jews? It culminated in a Nazi driving his car through a crowd of people, killing one and injuring 19. Here's Owens on Charlottesville:
"White supremacy and the KKK. Really? That's what you guys want me to be concerned with this week? Do I look like an idiot?… Oh my god Charlottesville, white supremacy is alive and well, run!.. Bottom line: I am not too disturbed by the events that happened in Charlottesville."
Candace Owens thinks police brutality is not an issue that affects the black community
This is a view Owens has held for some time. In 2016, she wrote an op-ed titled: "Black men getting shot by police isn’t about racism."
In 2012, black people made up 13 percent of the US population and 31 percent of police killing victims. Just look at the recent case of Stephon Clark, who was shot eight times in the back by police in his family home.
Candace Owens thinks Black Lives Matter are a 'bunch of whiny toddlers'
Black Lives Matter protesters showed up to my @UCLA event to protest. Here is a video clip of me smacking them down with the truth; they’re a bunch of whiny toddlers, pretending to be oppressed for attention. pic.twitter.com/riBA0A3J1I
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) April 20, 2018
Candace Owens denies she holds far-right views
Far right? Allow me to clarify: I believe the black community can do it without hand-outs. I believe the Democrats have strapped us to our past to prevent us from our futures. And I won’t stop fighting until all black Americans see that.
I’m not far right—I’m free. pic.twitter.com/wtqCuYPtM2
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) April 21, 2018
"Allow me to clarify: I believe the black community can do it without hand-outs. I believe the Democrats have strapped us to our past to prevent us from our futures. And I won’t stop fighting until all black Americans see that. I’m not far right—I’m free."