Conservative commentator Candace Owens clashed with activist A. Scott Bolden over black male role models in lower-income communities. The two were both guests on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” on Tuesday night.
Discussing Pete Buttigieg’s past controversial comments on minority students performing more poorly in school, the conversation eventually turned to how children in black communities are being influenced and the number of positive role models they had access to.
“Kids need to see evidence that education is going to work for them,” Buttigieg said at a mayoral candidate forum in 2011, according to The New York Times. “There are a lot of kids, especially, the lower-income minority neighborhoods, who literally just haven’t seen it work. There isn’t somebody they know personally who testifies to the value of education.”
After ripping into Buttigieg for not having enough of a direct connection to poorer communities, A. Scott Brown said there is no lack of strong male role models in urban communities, but the real problems are more political.
Owens jumped in and took Bolden to school for a minute.
“The single-parent rate is 74 percent,” she said before being interrupted. ” I let you talk. The single mother rate is 74 percent and you are pretending there are strong male figures, you’ve joined the side of the delusional. This is why the black community won’t get better, we have a problem we need to get better, the education, we need fathers back in the home. This is why Republicans and conservatives are winning because we tell the truth,” Owens said.
Bolden responded as if he hadn’t heard a word Owens uttered.
“You say how all black people come from broken families,” he said in shock.
“That’s not what I said,” Owens responded.
Host Laura Ingraham then jumped in to quiet the ensuing back and forth between the two panelists.
“I think we have Scott Boldens and we have Barack Obamas, but they’re not in people’s lives every day. That’s the point he [Buttigieg] was trying to get at. We all need that. Kids need that. We all need that,” she said.
Source: Fox News
Ingraham played a clip of Buttigieg apologizing for his past comments and saying they do “not reflect the totality of my understanding then and certainly now about the obstacles that people of color face in our system today.”
Responding to the clip, Owens called Buttigieg weak and contrasted him with President Donald Trump.
“He’s walking back because he’s weak and this is why people prefer Trump. Trump would not walk back on telling the truth,” she said.
The discussion then turned back to strong black role models in poorer communities, and Owens said lack of a strong family structure leads children to “run to the street … their idols become cultural icons,” such as rappers like Jay-Z and T.I.
She concluded by saying, “we have a cultural problem in black America,” and it’s time for leaders to “admit” that.
Bolden, still reeling and clearly frustrated from Owens’ earlier comments about being “delusional,” tried to downplay the cultural issues in black America and instead said there are more political issues holding students back from doing better.
“There are a lot of other challenges [other than a lack of black male role models]. Anybody that thinks that,” Bolden said, gesturing his head toward Owen, “is delusional.”
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