Candace Owens ups ante amid Kanye fall out: ‘We should’ve put a ‘White Lives Matter’ t-shirt on Lizzo’

Conservative podcast show host Candace Owens responded to the controversy over her and rapper Kanye West wearing “White Lives Matter” T-shirts by arguing that Americans, particularly black ones, should be outraged over more pertinent issues.

Issues like black-on-black crime, abortion, and — notably — obesity.

“Obesity is killing black America. What we should have done is we should have put a ‘White Lives Matter’ T-shirt on Lizzo. Maybe we could have gotten a lot of attention about obesity and how it’s actually killing black Americans. Obesity is the number one killer in America,” she said on the Tuesday episode of her podcast.

Lizzo is a morbidly obese black rapper/singer who celebrates her heaviness like it’s a good thing.

“I know Black Lives Matter told you it was police shootings, right. It made you think that thousands of black men were dying at the hands of police. No, no, absolutely not. I think in the year 2020 was it nine unarmed black men were killed by police. Nine of them,” Owens continued.

“But obesity is killing people at a very high rate, and black women have the highest rates of obesity. It’s the number one killer, and of course we sit at the top of it. Black women, 56.9 percent of us are classified as obese.”

The full podcast can be heard below:

Owens also defended the “Whites Lives Matter” T-shirts themselves by noting that there’s nothing inherently wrong with celebrating white lives, just as there’s nothing inherently wrong with celebrating black lives.

“There is a deep irony and a sad irony when you consider that wearing a T-shirt has led such a tremor throughout the world, right, a T-shirt that says ‘White Lives Matter,’ which should be implied, right. White lives matter. Black lives matter. Asian lives matter. It should be implied,” she said.

That said, she made sure to differentiate between the statement that “black lives matter” versus the official movement and scam known as “Black Lives Matter.”

“Yet people are angry, and they are being vicious online because they can’t believe that we have the audacity to detract from the movement which is a lie, right. ‘Black Lives Matter.’ If black lives matter, then some of these things that we have been talking about on this show — things I’ve been talking about throughout my entire political career — would be getting attention, not the T-shirt,” Owens continued.

West himself called BLM a “scam” in an Instagram Story posted Tuesday.

The good news is that an increasing number of Americans share his perspective about BLM, according to political scientist Tatishe M. Nteta of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

“Kanye West in some ways is voicing a sentiment that some aspects and portions of the American public believes and supports,” he said to the Daily Mail, citing a poll conducted by UMass Amherst that found that support for BLM has been steadily declining for two years — including among black people.

That said, it’s a sentiment Nteta himself doesn’t appear to care for, especially because of West’s attempt to refute it with a “White Lives Matter” shirt.

“Kanye has been given a number of opportunities by the African American community to walk back or express some level of repudiation of his comments But again, this is now the third major event in which Kanye expressed a position which again is diametrically opposed to the majority of African Americans in this country, and the majority of progressives in this county,” Nteta said.

“We should no longer be surprised. He is a conservative human being. He is not alone, among the nation, and not alone among African Americans. The expectation that he is going to return to the old Kanye is one that is not likely to occur.”

The BLM organization itself is extremely upset over West and Owens’ T-shirts.

“The stunt was a clear affront to Black Lives Matter, which has been measured as the largest racial justice movement in history. Black models walked the runway wearing the same slogan. ‘All Lives Matter’ and ‘White Lives Matter’ have long served as violent retorts to the Black Lives Matter movement, used by white supremacists and hate groups, including the Ku Klux Klan,” the group said in a statement to TMZ.

“While some may see Kanye and Candace’s stunt as a distraction, we recognize that it harms thousands of families fighting for justice for their loved ones killed by state-sanctioned violence. It can spread toxic confusion and be used to legitimize violent assaults on black people. Battling misinformation while continuing to do the hard work that liberation requires is nothing new for us,” the group added.

“Kanye West and Candace Owens sent a performative dog whistle to millions. Kanye knows very well that ‘white lives’ have never been targeted for oppression. Black folks, in contrast, are at the bottom of virtually every economic, social, and political measure because of centuries of individual and institutional racism. Building a world of Black freedom means upending systems that harm and building new systems of care. Ultimately this benefits everyone. When Black people get free, everybody gets free.”

The claim that “‘white lives’ have never been targeted for oppression” is patently false, particularly in this day and age of racial quotas and affirmative action — both of which appear to be supported by at least one of the country’s Supreme Court justices …


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