Owens says education system supported by Democrats resembles racist South when they were not allowed to read
Candace Owens said the education system supported and enabled by Democrats resembles the white supremacist South in the early 19th century when slaves were prohibited from reading. She made the accusations at a House Subcommittee hearing on white supremacy or nationalism, but instead of following the script, she accused Rep. Jamie Raskin and Democrats like him of pandering to blacks every four years.
Owens said Democrats like Raskin ignore topics like the black literacy rate: only 13 percent of blacks in America can read at a 12th grade level. She said the education achievements of blacks today resembles the early 19th century, when white in the South made it illegal for black Americans to read.:
“Why? Because if slaves could read, they could access information. I don’t believe much has changed.”
Democrats on the hearing did not want to hear from Owens. None, including black congresswomen, called on her or asked her a question, even though she was the only black panelist at the hearing. That didn't stop one of the panelists, Kathleen Belew, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago History Department; from attacking her motives:
“My co panelist (Owens) suggests that it’s hilarious that we don’t have the ‘numbers.”
“I just have to say that I object strenuously to your use of the word “hilarious.” To me, this feels a lot like your reaction to being named in one of these manifestos. Now, you’re of course not responsible for the words of somebody writing that document. But I do think that laughing at it is a real problem, because these are real families that are impacted by this violence. And I think that our efforts toward talking about this have to start from a place of mutual respect, which is what I’ve heard from this side of the table. Now, the reason we don’t have those numbers, I want those numbers as much as you do, but to say the numbers don’t show something is simply not supported by the data.”
Instead of giving Owens an opportunity to response, he ignores the attack on her and instead asks Mr. Mulligan for her reaction.
Katrina Mulligan of the leftist Center for American Progress then stated: “The only thing that I would add is that it’s in the name. Terrorism, domestic terrorism, it terrorizes us; it terrorizes us in our homes; it terrorizes us in our schools, and to the points made by the other panelists, it is disproportionate to its impact on any individual life. It’s not.”
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) asked Mulligan, “You reject the idea that it’s something that doesn’t matter, or it doesn’t really matter?”
Mulligan replied: “Absolutely reject.”
Raskin then gave Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) five minutes to speak. Meadows said:
“Ms. Owens, obviously this is a gang-up on you; we’re giving these witnesses the ability to do a rebuttal on you. And so, I find it unfair, Ms. Belew; candidly, for you to show ‘mutual respect’ and then go after Ms. Owens, it’s not appropriate. So Ms. Owens, you can have four minutes and thirty-four seconds to respond however you like.”
Rep Jim Jordan (R-OH) interjected: Can you yield for a second?
Meadows: I’ll yield.
Jordan: Thank you. I believe, Ms. Owens, when you used the word “hilarious,” it was referencing the fact that no one had asked you a question. It wasn’t to the subject matter of the hearing, is that right?
Owens: That is correct.
Jordan: And to have another witness insinuate something that is not accurate is just not appropriate, Mr. Chairman, for how witnesses are supposed to behave in front of this committee. I also think you didn’t say, “It doesn’t matter” about the subject matter of today’s hearing; you said there were other subjects that matter as well, and maybe we should spend some time on those. Is that accurate?
Owens: That is correct, and they matter much, much, much, much more, and I have said that. I said that in my opening, and I will say it again: you know that white supremacy and white nationalism is nowhere near, ranks nowhere near the top of the issues that are facing black America. And the reason 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.
Raskin: Not in my case, Ms. Owens.
Owens: Please don’t cut me off.”
Raskin: Do not characterize my motives.
Meadows: Mr. Chairman, it’s my time.
Raskin: You’ve got your time. Mr. Meadows, I’ll give you three more seconds.
Owens: Every four years you bring up race, and you knew 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, which is you try to manipulate what I said to fit your narrative, okay? I was not referring to the subject matter that is “hilarious.”
I said that it’s hilarious that we are sitting in this room today and I’ve got two doctors and a Mrs. and nobody can give us real numbers that we can respond to so that we can assess how big of a threat this is, because you know that it is not as big of a threat as you are trying to make it out to be so you can manipulate.
And the audacity of you to bring up the Christchurch shooting manifesto and make it seem as if I laughed at people who were slaughtered by a homicidal maniac, is in my opinion absolutely despicable. I think that we should be above that. To try to assign responsibility or any meaning to a homicidal maniac writing a manifesto, which, by the way, also cited Spyro the Dragon, the child’s cartoon; he also cited Nelson Mandela as a source of inspiration. I don’t think that Nelson Mandela has inspired mosque shootings; you can correct me if you think I’m wrong.
You would rather assign meaning to a homicidal maniac than to actually address the things that I said that are actually harming black America; number one: father absence; number two: the education system and illiteracy rate. Illegal immigration ranks high; abortion ranks high; white supremacy and white nationalism, if I had to make a list of one hundred things, would not be on it.
This hearing, in my opinion, is a farce, and it is ironic that you’re sitting her and you’re having three Caucasian people testify and tell you what their expertise are. You want to know what my expertise are? Black in America. I’ve been black in America my whole life, all 30 years, and I can tell you that you guys have done the exact same thing every four years we have an election cycle and it needs to stop.
Owens brought up additional sore spots for Democrats, who are supposed to truly represent blacks. The reality, Owens said, is that they purposely choose topics like white supremacy so that they can conservatives and Pres. Trump racist.
She also brought up the single motherhood rate for black mothers, which is now at 74 percent. The abortion rate for black women is also more than twice that for whites, another topic that is ignored by Democrats.
Other panelists on the hearing included: Joshua Geltzer, executive director, Georgetown University Law Center, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection; Katrina Mulligan, Managing Director, Center for American Progress, National Security and International Policy; and Owens.
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