If you don’t know the name Candace Owens, you should. She is a young, black, conservative commentator and political activist, wise and articulate beyond her years. As a black female, you’d expect the tolerant, diverse, woke left to embrace her, but you’d be wrong. You see, Ms. Owens doesn’t “stay on the plantation” or adhere to the liberal ideology that is expected, demanded of her race. She speaks truth to power, saying what needs to be said, often to her own community……and they don’t like it. The Left, in general, doesn’t like it and frequently attack her, often viciously. Joe Biden would most likely tell Candace Owens, “You ain’t black.”
Owens is now under fire for a video she released in which she takes a firm stand against this notion that somehow George Floyd was an upstanding citizen murdered by a racist cop and is now a martyr for the black community. She makes it very clear she does not support Floyd, nor the narrative surrounding him.
Ms. Owens begins her video – and reaffirms her position several times throughout – by stating unequivocally that nothing George Floyd did warranted his murder, that it is right to demonize Officer Derek Chauvin and that he “will get what’s coming to him”. She also says that the George Floyds of this world deserve a second chance, but not a half-dozen. She also makes the point that for the African American community to link themselves with George Floyd and to tear the country apart over this man – as if he somehow represents all blacks – does themselves and the country a great disservice. Owens also doesn’t buy into the “America is an inherently-racist nation” narrative being perpetuated by the left. I couldn’t agree more with everything she is saying here.
Candace Owens bolsters her position by citing the thoughts of a favorite black author, Shelby Steele: “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.” She then draws a parallel to the current elevation of George Floyd to folk hero status, as if an example of the typical African American, a representation of all blacks. She takes serious umbrage with that notion and lays out George Floyd’s past to make her case. He has quite the rap sheet.
According to both autopsies, George Floyd was high on Fentanyl and methamphetamines at the time of his arrest. The transcript of the 911 phone call shows that the store owner was fearful of Floyd’s erratic behavior as he tried to use a counterfeit $20. He continued his bizarre behavior outside the store and the police calls indicated that he was disturbed and on drugs.
In this video – which Owens references – after Floyd is handcuffed and placed up against a wall, he drops a small, square baggie of white powder and he was found with drugs in his possession. What was in that bag? You tell me.
Bob Kroll, the head of the Minneapolis police union told his members in a letter posted Monday on Twitter: “What is not being told is the violent criminal history of George Floyd. The media will not air this.” Kroll says that Floyd’s “violent criminal history” needs to be remembered and that the protests over his death are the work of a “terrorist movement.”
In 1998 George Floyd served 10 months for theft with a firearm. In 2002, he did 8 months for a cocaine offense. In 2004, he served 8 months for yet another cocaine offense and in 2005, he did another 10 months, once again for cocaine possession.
In 2007, Floyd was arrested and convicted of robbing and beating a pregnant black woman after breaking into her home. He ransacked her house looking for money and drugs and when he found none, he pointed a gun at her stomach. He got away with the woman’s wallet and cell phone. In 2009 he landed five years in jail for that crime. Floyd was released in 2014 and there appear to be no other arrests until that fateful day in Minneapolis.
Was George Floyd trying to get his life back together when Derek Chauvin arrested him? That’s possible, I suppose. But that would really strain credulity, given what we now know……that Floyd was high on drugs and in the possession of drugs at the time of his arrest. If what’s past is prologue, the white powder in his dropped baggie was most-likely cocaine. For the record, George Floyd also tested positive for COVID-19.
Now that we know George Floyd’s portrayal was yet another media hoax, let’s once and for all dispel the left-wing narrative – and manufactured crisis – that America is inherently racist and that white cops wake up every morning hoping to take out as many black men as possible. To do that, we need to take a look at some statistics. I have shared a number of similar statistics many times over the years. I have checked and double-checked them.
In 2019, only 9 unarmed black men were killed by police compared to 19 unarmed white men. You may say that’s only because white people make up a much larger percentage of the population. While it’s true that whites make up 60 percent of the population and blacks only 13 percent, blacks commit a very disproportionate percentage of the crimes in the US. In fact, it is black men – only 6% of the population – who commit nearly 50 percent of all violent crimes in this country, including murder. In 5 of the 9 deaths listed above, the suspect attacked the officer just before the shooting.
According to the Washington Post, in 2019 there were 1004 police killings. Of the 802 cases where the race of the police officer and suspect were listed, 371 of those killed were white and 276 were black. The vast majority were armed and the black suspects were significantly more-likely to be armed than were the white suspects. Yet, more white suspects were killed.
Ninety percent of black murder victims are killed by other blacks. In 2018, 7,407 blacks were murdered in the United States. If that trend continues this year, it would mean that for every unarmed black person killed by police, more than 700 would be murdered by someone else, usually someone they know.
Finally, a police officer is 18 times more likely to be killed by a black man than the other way around. In fact, in 2019, 48 police officers were murdered by suspects, more than the police killings of unarmed suspects of all races combined.
I’ve given you George Floyd’s background. I’ve given you the stats, the facts. Now, let me tell you about another black life that mattered.
David Dorn was a retired police captain, a 38-year veteran of the St. Louis police force. After retiring in 2007, he became chief of Moline Acres, a small town in St. Louis County. Mr. Dorn was a 77-year old father of 5 and grandfather of 10. No one ever accused him of being a racist. He was black. Now, he’s dead, gunned down on the street in cold blood by thug rioters on Tuesday night while guarding a friend’s pawn shop, something he did frequently when alarms went off. The video of the murder was posted on Facebook Live. Yes, people actually stood around with cell phones to document it, never once reaching out to help this elderly, black grandfather. Facebook initially took down the video, citing community standards, but have since re-posted it. Facebook’s community standards are fluid, at best, double, at worst.
Former St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch knew Captain Dorn for 30 years and said they became close friends when Dorn and his wife were leading the St. Louis Police Department’s Explorers for young people interested in law enforcement careers. Fitch spoke about his late friend: “He was a fun guy, a happy guy. You never had to wonder what he was thinking when somebody did something incredibly stupid like a crime because he would just say it as he saw it.”
Fitch continued: “He wanted people to do the right thing all the time. He was very dedicated to youth, especially disadvantaged youth. He wanted to see them succeed. He wanted to be a role model for those young men and women to go into law enforcement.”
Current St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden called Dorn a “fine captain,” saying, “Many of us, the other officers, looked up to him. He was very well-liked, very pleasant. And his wife still works here. So, a very sad time for our agency. We will honor him.” St. Louis’ “Ethical Society of Police,” founded in 1972 by black officers to address corruption and racial discrimination, mourned Captain Dorn. “He was the type of brother that would’ve given his life to save them if he had to.”
President Trump – via tweet – offered his condolences to the family and shared a memorial fund set up for Dorn’s family, which had raised over $150,000 as of Wednesday morning.
David Dorn’s life mattered. It mattered a lot…..to a lot of people…..black and white. Yet, you will rarely – if ever – hear his name or hear his story from a defunct, corrupt media. There will be no protests for David Dorn precisely because – as Shelby Steele opined – “the black community caters to the bottom denominator of our society.” So, this is the proverbial hill on which African Americans want to die? Is George Floyd the black life by which they wish to be defined, the black life that mattered so much and over whom they would destroy their own communities and the lives of many of their own people?
There is one more BIG wrinkle to this story, something those of us who know how the left thinks, how they operate and who know their ultimate goals have known since day one of these riots……and since Donald Trump came down that escalator in Trump Tower to announce for president.
The Washington Times is reporting that Antifa has been planning this nationwide insurgency since the beginning of the last presidential election cycle began last November. They were simply waiting for a catalyst to unleash their violence and destruction this election year and George Floyd’s death was that catalyst.
Former National Security Council staff member Rich Higgins told the Times: “Antifa’s actions represent a hard break with the long tradition of a peaceful political process in the United States. Their Marxist ideology seeks not only to influence elections in the short term, but to destroy the use of elections as the determining factor in political legitimacy.”
Former Defense Intelligence Agency official and counterinsurgency expert Joe Myers told the Times: “President Trump’s election and revitalization of America are a threat to Antifa’s nihilist goals. They are fomenting this violence to create havoc, despair, and to target the Trump campaign for defeat in 2020.”
Everything the Democrats and the media have done for the past 3-1/2 years has been for this end – to undo the results of the 2016 election and remove a duly elected president, to disenfranchise 63 million American voters, to destroy Donald Trump, to destroy his supporters. As we’ve seen over and over again, they will stop at nothing. We are expected to believe that what we’re seeing across this country is about George Floyd, about police brutality, about racism. But, we know it’s just another hoax…..like Russia, impeachment and the Coronavirus. We’ve come to expect that.