9/20/2019. During the House hearing on hate crimes and white nationalism, Kathleen Belew, author of Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America, accused Candace Owens, of the conservative advocacy group Turning Point USA, of laughing at the Christchurch massacre, Rep. Mark Meadows granted Owens his time to respond to the accusations.
Candace Owens replied: You know that white supremacy and white nationalism ranks nowhere near the top on issues that are facing black America. And the reason you are bringing them up in this room is an attempt to make it all about race… You know exactly what I meant when I said hilarious. You just tried to do live what the media does all the time to Republicans, to our president, and to conservatives. You tried to manipulate what I said to fit your narrative..… The audacity of you bringing up the Christchurch killer and manifesto and make it seem like I laughed at people who were slaughtered by a homicidal maniac is in my opinion absolutely despicable. And I think that we should be above that..… This hearing in my opinion is a farce. And it is ironic that you are sitting here and having three Caucasian people here to testify and tell you what their expertise is. Do you know what my expertise is? Black in America. I’ve been black in America my whole life, all 30 years and I can tell you, you guys have done the exact same thing every 4 years.
“I also found it quite hilarious that when asked for actual numbers, nobody here could actually provide them because it’s not actually a problem in America or a major problem that’s facing Black America,” Owens said, “White supremacy and white nationalism is not a problem that is harming Black America,” Owens added before calling on the African American community to start “putting fathers back in the home” and demanding a return to “God, religion and shrinking government.”
“If we’re going to have a hearing on white supremacy, we are assuming that the biggest victims of that are minority Americans,” Owens stated. “And presumably this hearing would be to stop that and preserve the lives of minority Americans. Which based on the hierarchy of what’s impacting minority Americans, if I had to make a list of 100 things, white nationalism would not make the list.”
Owens later tweeted: “Made-up professor @kathleen_belew made the SEVERE error today of personally attacking me at a hearing on White Supremacy.
Let what happened next serve as a warning to every virtue-signaling, white liberal in America. Black America is DONE being used as an election-cycle prop.”
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At a congressional hearing before a subpanel of the House Oversight Committee, where tensions ran high at times between Candace Owens and the other testifying witnesses. Owens said, “Based on the hierarchy of what’s impacting minority Americans, if I had to make a list of 100 things, white nationalism would not make the list,” Owens told lawmakers. “I would argue that right now, we have a social environment that is hostile toward men and does not inspire masculinity or being a man and what it means to be a father figure in a household. Black on black crime is a huge issue in America right now, but people don’t like to talk about that.”
Dr. Kathleen Belew, a research fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, referenced Owens’ Twitter reaction, in which she appeared to be laughing at the news the man who gunned down 49 people at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, earlier this year considered Owens “the person that has influenced me above all.”
“This feels a lot like your reaction to being named in one of those manifestos,” Belew said. “You’re, of course, not responsible for somebody writing that document. But I do think that laughing at it is a real problem because these are real families who are impacted by this violence. Our efforts toward talking about this have to start from a place of mutual respect.”
Reps Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) condemned those remarks with Meadows labeling them as “not appropriate.” Owens, who was invited by Republicans on the panel, said it was “absolutely despicable.” Belew had also referenced remarks made by Owens at the hearing regarding the lack of priority that should be placed on addressing white supremacy.
“I was not referring to the subject matter that is hilarious. I said it’s hilarious that we are sitting in this room today and we’ve got two doctors and a Mrs., and nobody can give us real numbers that we can respond to so we can assess how big of a threat this is,” Owens said, visibly frustrated. “Because you know it’s not as big of a threat as you are trying to make it out to be so you can manipulate.”
Owens went on to accuse the Democratic-led subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), of having ulterior political motives by having a hearing on white supremacy and attempting to “manipulate what I said to fit your narrative.”
“You know that white supremacy and white nationalism is ranked nowhere near the top of the issues that are facing black America,” she claimed. “The reason that you are bringing them up in this room is because it is an attempt to make the election all about race, as the Democrats do—”
Interrupted by Raskin, the Maryland Democrat responded: “Not in my case Ms. Owens. Please do not characterize my motives.”
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