A few months ago, a shocking hate crime took place in Philadelphia.

A crowd of angry white people would not let a woman of color eat in a restaurant, forced her to leave the establishment, then surrounded her while hurling insults and throwing objects at this woman and her male companion.

The police were called to protect the two from this angry mob. The members of the police, who were almost exclusively people of color, were also verbally assaulted by the white mob.

She later tweeted about the event, stating, “Charlie Kirk and I just got ATTACKED and protested by ANTIFA for eating breakfast. They are currently following us through Philly. ALL BLACK AND HISPANIC police force protecting us as they scream (vulgarity) the racist police.”

She also tweeted, “To be clear: ANTIFA, an all-white fascist organization, just grew violent and attacked an all-black and Hispanic police force. Because I, a BLACK woman, was eating breakfast. Is this the civil rights era all over again?”

Ordinarily, a crowd of white people yelling invectives at a woman of color, and throwing items at her, would be big news. It would be especially big news if the event was captured on video, as this one was. Just one problem: on this scenario the angry mob was composed of those on the left, and the victims were on the right. Therefore, the reaction of the mainstream media was, “Move along, nothing to see here.”

I have done two columns about U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democratic congresswoman from New York and self-described socialist. I decided it was time to write about someone I admire. That someone would be Candace Owens, the right’s shiny new star, and the person who was the recipient of the angry mob.

Owens, a young black woman, has been making waves in the conservative movement the past three years, becoming an internet sensation. She’s also discovered what it’s like to be in the cross hairs of the left, as the incident in Philadelphia shows. Imagine if the situation were reversed, and it was a group of angry white Republicans surrounding and harassing a woman of color of the left, especially if that situation were caught on video?

Owens’ journey to becoming a conservative is too long to fully detail here, but the defining moment came in 2016 when she had launched a website that was designed to take the mask off internet trolls, as she put it. She had planned to expose the people who were making all kinds of attacks on the internet, under false screen names. And her project would detail that there were hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of fake twitter accounts, all being run by a small group of activists.

She received a call from someone on the left who said she was looking out for her and warned that Donald Trump supporters would be harassing her unless she took the site down. Owens didn’t, and sure enough within two hours she received hundreds of hate-filled and racist messages from, as she described it, “super-obvious fake names,” such as ‘TrumpOrDie’ or ‘WhiteGuyBehindComputer.’

“I became a conservative overnight,” she said to Libertarian talk show host Dave Rubin in a 2017 interview. “I realized that liberals were actually the racists. Liberals were actually the trolls.”

Since her turn to the right, what she calls her ‘red pill moment,’ Owens has made many videos detailing her thoughts on controversial issues, even criticizing Black Lives Matter. She has become the director of communications for Turning Point USA, a conservative advocacy group, and hosts a weekly interview show via PragerU.com.

Owens, along with other conservative or Libertarian activists such as Ben Shapiro, Steven Crowder and Rubin, are the new voice for a younger generation of Americans. They have taken away a lot of power from the mainstream media, showing that alternative voices can and should be heard.

If Owens were a Democrat, she’d be a darling of the mainstream media, just like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. But since Candace Owens is a conservative, she has found out what other black conservatives, such as Larry Elder, Thomas Sowell, and especially Clarence Thomas, have known for decades. If one is a black conservative, don’t expect to be loved by the elite media. And when you’re called racist names, or even the victim of a hate crime, they will look the other way. 


 

Tom Kuiper lives in Sibley. He may be reached at thomaskuiper85@gmail.com.