Conservative commentator Candace Owens has faced serious attack after saying that she doesn’t support George Floyd nor see him as a martyr.
In a Facebook Live video, titled “Confession: I DO NOT support George Floyd and I refuse to see him as a martyr”, the outspoken Donald Trump supporter declared she doesn’t support the depiction of George as a “martyr”.
Candace Owens said: “I do not support George Floyd and the media’s depiction of him as a martyr for black America.
“it has been weighing very heavily on my heart and on my mind, there was so much pressure for me to go with the popular opinion about who George Floyd was.
“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.
“Our culture is unique from other communities because we are the only community that caters to the bottom denominator of our society.
“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 for the people in our community that are up to no good.”
While addressing George Floyd’s criminal past, she added: “you would be hard-pressed to find 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 demand justice for.
“You would be hard-pressed to find this in white America… even in Latino America.
“What I am saying is not any defense for Derek Chauvin [the white cop who kneeled on Floyd’s neck].
“The family of George Floyd deserves justice for the way that he died. But I also am not going to accept the narrative that this is the best the black community has to offer.
“It is something I find despicable. George Floyd was not an amazing person. George Floyd is being upheld as an amazing human being.
“For whatever reason, it has become fashionable over the last five or six years for us to turn criminals into heroes overnight. Everyone is pretending that this man lived a heroic lifestyle. We are embarrassing in that regard.
“Nobody wants to tell the truth in black America. Our biggest problem is us. I have no apologies to make.
“George Floyd is not my martyr. He can be yours.”
Twitter users were quick to hit back at Candace, with many people calling her Facebook video as “horrible” while people around the world mourn the loss of George Floyd.
@Chris Evans tweeted: “I don’t know why I wasted my time watching Candace Owens’ video on George Floyd. It was incredibly disgraceful and disgusting. The gist of it was that black people should stop celebrating the ‘worst among us’ like drug addicts and criminals.”
“She wants to criminalize the man and minimize the movement,” one user said, referencing Floyd, while another user wrote, “She is generalizing and making all Blacks look bad. She has a voice that Whites listen to, and take heed to.”
Meanwhile some people saw reason to what the activist said as they could not martyr someone who was a criminal before his death.
Harriet Sergeant said: “Brave and controversial,@RealCandaceO asks why we turn a career criminal who pointed a gun at the stomach of a pregnant woman into a martyr. ‘I refuse to accept #GeorgeFloyd was an amazing person.’ You may disagree but a must-listen.”
“Candance Owen is incredibly forthright and brave as the voice of black conservatism. She always speaks sense. She also gets a lot of abuse from liberals and democrats. She has even been accused of being a Nazi,” another Twitter user stated.