In a pair of tweets yesterday, conservative activist Candace Owens laid out her disdain for those that she believes their rhetoric helped contribute to the heinous shooting of two LA sheriff deputies.
First, she asked, “Why does this happen?” She believes it’s “Because pea-brained celebrities that are idolized like LeBron James tell young black men that they are ‘literally being hunted’. This is the natural result of such hyperbolic, dishonest rhetoric. The racist, anti-police, black lives matter LIE is to blame.”
Why does this happen? Because pea-brained celebrities that are idolized like @KingJames tell young black men that they are “literally being hunted”. This is the natural result of such hyperbolic, dishonest rhetoric.— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) September 13, 2020
The racist, anti-police, black lives matter LIE is to blame. https://t.co/9U4c1kJgMv
She tweeted again 5 minutes later asking further, “Why else does this happen?” She also believes it’s “Because when pea-brained athletes put the name of an alleged RAPIST on their helmets and jerseys, criminals begin believing they are acting as heroes. BLACK LIVES MATTER AND THE COMPLICIT MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS, ATHLETES, AND ENTERTAINERS ARE TO BLAME.”
Why else does this happen? Because when pea-brained athletes put the name of an alleged RAPIST on their helmets and jerseys, criminals begin believing they are acting as heroes.— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) September 13, 2020
BLACK LIVES MATTER AND THE COMPLICIT MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS, ATHLETES, AND ENTERTAINERS ARE TO BLAME. https://t.co/9U4c1kJgMv
In an interview released that night with Fox News show host Mark Levin, Owens mentioned James again and noted that the Los Angeles Lakers superstar — who has spoken out about his “tough” life as a Black man in America “lives in a one hundred million dollar mansion in Bel Air.”
From Fox News:
“I always say, if you’re suffering through racism, please give me some of that,” she told Mark Levin.
“He’s got a White gardener, a White chef, all various White people that work for him, White driver,” she continued. “So if that’s racism, LeBron, please, please share some of that with the rest of us.”
Owens, the author of the recent book “Blackout: How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape from the Democratic Plantation,” later described a newfound support among celebrities and high profile figures who avoid publicly discussing their personal politics for fear of public backlash amid racial tension in the country, she told Levin.
“If I opened my inbox and showed you the amount of celebrities that have written to me privately, that silent majority that we’re always talking about, they’ve written to me and said, ‘I’m finally starting to see the truth. I can’t stand being in Hollywood. I’m not allowed to use my voice to say what I actually believe,” Owens said.
“These are the same celebrities that are actually posting the black squares on Instagram and saying ‘we must care about Black lives.’ And they’re saying they’re doing it basically under duress because if they don’t, they’ll lose their entire careers.
Owens dismissed the notion that “things aren’t shifting just because we see people like LeBron James and the NBA painting Black Lives Matter on the ground.
She added: “There is something shaking and something happening in this country, and more and more people are awake and alive to what is really at risk, which is really the values and the principles that this country was built upon.”
Also announced today, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva challenged James to match and double the reward money being offered for information on the gunman who ambushed and shot two deputies over the weekend.
From Fox News:
Speaking with KABC Radio on the John Phillips Show, Villanueva said the reward money reached $175,000 — a combination of donations of $100,000 from the county and $75,000 from two private individuals.
“This challenge is to Lebron James. I want you to match that and double that reward,” Villanueva said. “I know you care about law enforcement. You expressed a very interesting statement about your perspective on race relations and on officer-involved shootings and the impact that it has on the African-American community.
“And I appreciated that,” he continued. “But likewise, we need to appreciate that respect for life goes across all professions.”
he Los Angeles Lakers star has been one of the most vocal professional athletes to speak on social issues and to condemn police misconduct. After Jacob Blake was shot multiple times by officers in Wisconsin last month, James said Black people in America are “terrified” of police misconduct.
“I know people get tired of hearing me say it, but we are scared as Black people in America,” James said following the Lakers’ Game 4 win over the Portland Trail Blazers last month. “Black men, Black women, Black kids, we are terrified.”
He earlier tweeted his frustrations about police shootings.
“And y’all wonder why we say what we say about the Police!! Someone please tell me WTF is this???!!! Exactly another black man being targeted,” James wrote. “This s— [sic] is so wrong and so sad!! Feel so sorry for him, his family and OUR PEOPLE!! We want JUSTICE.”
Yesterday, James tweeted once and didn’t mention the ambush, only his excitement for week 1 of the NFL. “Waking up excited as hell for NFL Football Sunday Week 1!!! All day long I’ll be watching. Let’s go @Browns!! #DoggPound,” he said.
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