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As has become the norm in post-Obama America, explosive incidents involving race are often complicated, with more emotion being reported than facts.
In the battle of media narratives, one thing most people can agree with in the case of Ahmaud Arbery is that the Georgia man did not deserve to die for his actions.
And that includes Candace Owen, founder of the #Blexit movement that encourages black Americans to leave the Democratic Party. Owens set off a firestorm online when she endeavored to get in front of a building narrative that Arbery was “just a jogger.”
Owens tweeted: “Ahmaud Arbery was caught on camera breaking into an unfinished property that was owned by Larry English. His mother has confirmed it is him in the video. Please stop with the ‘just a jogger’ bulls*** narrative. Avid joggers don’t wear khaki shorts & stop to break into homes.”
Video appears to confirm that Arbery, a black man, did enter an unfinished property under construction before his encounter with a white father and son.
She also tweeted: “Two things can be true at once: -Ahmaud Arbery did not deserve to die. -Ahmaud Arbery was not a jogger gunned down for the crime of being black,” she tweeted.
Owens posted a Facebook Live video Sunday after the blowout over her many tweets, highlighting the “media’s role in propaganda and how upsetting it is to me that black America always seems to take the bait.”
“I have to say that this case, after all the work I have done these last three or four years to wake black America up to the fact that every election cycle there is some stories that they perpetuate that is supposed to make up think that we are being chased by the Ku Klux Klan,” Owens said. “Yet, here we are a couple of months away from an election and there are black people running around saying we’re being lynched in Georgia.”
Was Ahmaud Arbery “just a jogger” who was “murdered for being black?”
Posted by Candace Owens on Sunday, May 10, 2020
She goes on denote the history of lynchings, saying hangings were not that common, relatively speaking, and points out how ridiculous it is to use the analogy today.
Owens then called attention to a wholly uninformed tweet from NBA player Lebron James, calling it the “dumbest thing I have ever read.”
We’re literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes! Can’t even go for a damn jog man! Like WTF man are you kidding me?!?!?!?!?!? No man fr ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! I’m sorry Ahmaud(Rest In Paradise) and my prayers and blessings sent to the….. pic.twitter.com/r1PNxs8Vgn
— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 6, 2020
“Lebron James doesn’t even touch his own car door handles,” Owens said. “Lebron James is currently building a multi-million dollar — a 100 million dollar estate in Bel Air right now. Lebron James has a white chef, he’s got white housekeepers. Lebron James is somebody who has white people waiting on him hand and foot.”
“So the idea that he is out there perpetuating some idea that black Americans are literally being hunted for walking outside of their doors is pointedly ridiculous,” she added.
Referring to the Arbery video, Owens said that despite the rhetoric that would have her believe the very worst, what she saw left her with more questions than answers.
She then gives her take of what is seen in the video, noting that Arbery went around the truck that two armed white men were in “and then attacked the person” who had gotten out of the truck.
Owens was perplexed how the take away from the 10 second video is that Arbery was “just a jogger.”
“And yet, the media and everybody was issuing a verdict that this was a crazy situation where a couple of white people woke up and thought, ‘You know what, today I want to lynch a black person … let’s get in our pick up and go find a black person,'” she said.
“That actually makes no sense, but people rarely pause to think because people are desperate to foster this race narrative in this country,” Owens opined.
Gregory McMichael was one of the white men, along with his son Travis. McMichael was a former police officer and he thought Arbery was burglary suspect — a second video showed him entering a nearby home under construction.
She the suggested that the media “really drums this one up,” before noting that the people who shot Arbery called 911 before the shooting took place.
“I can tell you right now, no matter how upset you are, this is not going to amount to a murder charge,” Owens insisted.
People don’t call 911 before they go murder someone, she observed, adding “obviously something went wrong.”
The second video dispelled the rumors that he was just a jogger, and Owens going in the unfinished home was justified by some as him just looking around or admiring the architecture of the home.
This prompted Owens to note that in most racial incidents, black people fail to argue reasonably.
“We should not pretend that its normal behavior to walk through a construction site, especially when there are no construction workers there — in a private neighborhood,” she said.
That action “escalated” the situation, she noted, before acknowledging it was not the best decision for the McMichaels to pursue Arbery with the intent to make a citizen’s arrest.
“That’s not the argument people are making,” Owens said. “They are calling this a modern day lynching, they’re calling this something motivate by race — this is not motivated by race.”
She also discounted the belief that anyone thinks Arbery “deserved to die.”
“We have a culture issue in black America because we constantly accept this lie that somehow we’re the societal victims ,” Owens pointed out. “When, in fact, when you look at the stats, if you want to start playing the race game, we’re going to be the ones that look bad.”
The hard truth was followed with Owens citing stats to say blacks dis-proportionally commit more murders in the U.S. — this being a feat most white people wouldn’t dare repeat out of fear of the race-baiting liberal mob.
“You can’t just go around pretending that we are the people constantly being oppressed and are constantly being hunted down when we know that black people kill white people at two times the higher rate than the other way around,” Owens said.
Applying common sense, Owens said Travis McMichael likely didn’t expect that when he confronted Arbery with a shotgun, with the idea of intimidating him until the cops arrive, that Arbery would lunge for the weapon.
And from that point, things went terribly wrong.
But it’s not murder, she said. Manslaughter perhaps, but not murder. And it’s not out of the question that McMichael gets off on a self defense plea.
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