Black conservative activist Candace Owens told Congress that white nationalism and white supremacy are no problem for minorities in America.
Owens was invited to testify before the House Oversight Joint Subcommittee on Friday to discuss the fight against white supremacy.
She said: & If we are going to hold a hearing about white supremacy, we assume that the biggest victims of it are Americans of a minority and presumably this hearing would stop this and save the lives of Americans from minorities. & # 39 ;
& # 39; What, on the basis of the hierarchy of the impact on minority Americans, if I had to make a list of 100 things, that white nationalism wouldn't make it to the list. & # 39;
Candace Owens (photo) testified during a hearing on white nationalism on Friday, September 20
Owens then goes on to list issues that she believes are more urgent, including black-on-black crime, abortion, illegal immigration, and democrats attack masculinity.
& # 39; We don't see any hearings on those bigger issues … the inner city communities, which is a huge problem, black on black crime. The I think the family breakup is the most important contributing factor, & she said.
& # 39; We never hear anyone talk about what happens when you take a father out of the house. I would even argue that we now have a social environment that is hostile to men. & # 39;
Later during the hearing, Owens summarized her position on this by saying: & # 39; White supremacy and white nationalism is not a problem that harms black America. & # 39;
Owens: & # 39; White supremacy and white nationalism is no problem harming black America & # 39;
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) devoted all his time to Owens, who had been ignored by Democrats for most of the proceedings.
She said: & # 39; I also thought it was pretty hilarious that when asked, no one here could give them because it's not a problem in America or a big problem that black America faces. & # 39;
Owens told the subcommittee that African Americans had a greater chance of being struck by lightning in 2016 than being shot by the police.
Owens told those present at the committee that white nationalism would not be on its list of top 100 issues that minorities face
Colleague panel member Dr. Kathleen Belew, a professor and historian who investigated the rise of the white power movement, pushed back against Owens because he discontinued current research on the subject.
& # 39; I have many objections to your use of the word hilarious. For me this feels a lot like your reaction to the name in one of these manifestos. & # 39;
& # 39; Now of course you are not responsible for the words of someone who writes that document, but I think that laughter is a real problem. & # 39;
Belew referred to when Owens & # 39; LOL & # 39; tweeted after he was mentioned in the Christchurch shooter manifesto.
Owens shot back at Belew and called her a & # 39; made-up professor & # 39 ;.
Owens: & # 39; Made-up professor @kathleen_belew made the ERGENT mistake today by personally attacking me at a hearing on White Supremacy & # 39;
The Anti-Defamation League center for extremism reports that & # 39; white supremacists and other extreme right-wing extremists were responsible for 59 percent of all US extremist victims in 2017, a dramatic 20 percent increase in 2016.
& # 39; White supremacists were directly responsible for 18 of the 34 totalist killings in 2017 … & # 39;
Owen's comments follow a series of controversial statements from the past year.
In June, Owens said that African Americans were better off the first 100 years after slavery.
She said: & You know that in our community after the first 100 years – doctor, doctor, come on – 100 years after slavery, the black community did better. & # 39;
That timeline would encompass the Jim Crow era and date from before the Civil Rights Act.
In April 2019, Rep. Lieu (photo) an audio clip from Owens about white nationalism and Adolf Hitler
Owens: & # 39; You know, he was a National Socialist, but if Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and make things go well, then okay & # 39;
Owens publicly called the southern strategy of the GOP in April a & # 39; myth & # 39; and went hand in hand with Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA).
Rep. Played in the viral confrontation. Lieu a recording of Owens about her talk about white nationalism and Adolf Hitler.
She said: & # 39; You know, he was a National Socialist, but if Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and make things go well, fine. & # 39;
& # 39; The problem is that he had dreams outside of Germany. He wanted to globalize. He wanted everyone to be German. & # 39;
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