The Patriot Post® · Candace Owens Slam-Dunks LeBron James

By Douglas Andrews ·

Candace Owens is the most dangerous woman in American politics — and that’s precisely why most Americans still haven’t heard of her: because the mainstream media knows it, and it’s desperate to keep her views from being heard and discussed in the marketplace of ideas.

There she was on Sunday, though, making her case for black emancipation to Mark Levin and talking about her new book, Blackout: How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape From the Democratic Plantation.

When Owens’s publisher, Simon and Schuster, pushed back on that inflammatory subtitle, she held firm. “Democrats have really just modernized and updated their techniques that they used on the plantation,” she said. “First and foremost, the breakdown of family — it’s so strategic to them. They virtually celebrate the breakdown of the nuclear family. … Black Lives Matter explicitly states on their website that they are after the destruction of the nuclear family, that there’s something backwards about it. And that was actually crucial to maintaining slavery.”

Another leftist tool for maintaining the modern plantation, she says, is our failed inner-city public school system. “If you are a black American and you go through the public school system like I went through, you come out and you are basically a propagandist for the Left and you don’t realize it,” she says. “It wasn’t because I wanted to be anti-American; it wasn’t because I wanted to believe these things. It was because it was taught to me via the public school system.”

“What is the one thing [slaves] were not allowed to do?” she continued. “Learn to read. Learn to write. The punishment would have been severe for that. And the reason for that is simple: It’s because an educated mind cannot be enslaved.”

Owens pounded this educational failure by noting that in California, 75% of black boys can’t pass a basic literacy exam, and in Baltimore, not a single black child across five schools was found to be proficient in reading, writing, and math. “You will never hear Black Lives Matter talk about that,” she says. “You will never hear a Democratic candidate talk about that.”

Owens saved some of her sharpest criticism for perhaps the world’s most privileged Black Lives Matter acolyte and social justice warrior, basketball superstar LeBron James — he of the $100 million Bel Air mansion, and the white gardener, the white chef, the white driver, and more. “So if that’s racism,” Owens chided, “LeBron, please, please share some of that with the rest of us.”

Responding to the ambush and shooting of two Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies on Saturday, she asked, “Why does this happen? Because pea-brained celebrities that are idolized like James tell young black men that they are ‘literally being hunted.’ This is the natural result of such hyperbolic, dishonest rhetoric.”

“I’m a black conservative,” Owens told Levin, “because I’m on the side of the truth. I’m a black conservative because I know my history. I’m a black conservative because I understand that what the Left is trying to do is not progressive. It’s actually regressive. … I’m a black conservative because I understand how welfare has harmed black America. I’m a black conservative because I believe in myself; because I don’t think there’s a difference, Mark, between you and I. I don’t look at you as a white man and say, ‘I can’t do what he can do.’ I look around and I say, ‘Anything Mark can do, I can do as well.’”