'I Love the Way Candace Owens Thinks': Kanye Praises Black Conservative Activist
Owens reacts on 'Fox & Friends Weekend.'
Superstar rapper Kanye West praised conservative commentator Candace Owens on Saturday after she shut down a Black Lives Matter protest during an event at UCLA.
Owens, the communications director for Turning Point USA, said she believes an "ideological civil war" is happening with African-American people.
She said some African-Americans "are focused on their past and shouting about slavery" and that others are "focused on their futures."
"Victim mentality is not cool. I don't know why people like being oppressed," she added. "'We're oppressed! Four-hundred years of slavery! Jim Crow!' By the way, none of you guys lived through [that]," she said to protesters. "Your grandparents did and it's embarrassing that you utilize their history. You're not living through anything right now."
West tweeted his support for Owens, saying "I love the way Candace Owens thinks."
I love the way Candace Owens thinks
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 21, 2018
Owens said Sunday on "Fox & Friends" that after West's tweet, she received a great amount of backlash.
— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) April 21, 2018
"In about 10 seconds I became the KKK member, anti-LGBT, you name it," she said. "Just because I think differently and I refuse to accept this narrative that I'm a victim. I'm not a victim."
Owens said she told the Black Lives Matter protesters that they were welcome at the Turning Point USA event and could get in line to ask any questions. She said, though, they refused to do that and instead heckled her.
"I took them on because I believe that their ideas are poisonous. I also believe that they are intellectually dishonest," she said.
Owens also said that the left wants African-American people to be focused on their past and not their futures.
"They like black people to be government-dependent," she said.
Owens said that she wanted to thank West for his words, and that they were an "affirmation" that she needed "to go forward."
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