Candace Owens has released a bombshell amidst the ongoing protests in America following George Floyd’s death caused by Derek Chauvin, a white police officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes. Although Derek has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, the three other dismissed police officers who were also present at the scene are in custody and charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and also aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. Meanwhile, Candace Owens, an American conservative commentator, political activist and Trump supporter took to her Twitter page that “GeorgeFloyd is neither a martyr or a hero. People are out here painting murals of him. It’s too much. Yes, Derek Chauvin should be imprisoned, but we should not be honoring George Floyd” According to Newsweek, Owens also alleged that Floyd was high at the time of his death, and pointed to his criminal history of spending five years behind bars for robbery and assault. “We shouldn’t be buying T-shirts with his name on it,” she said. “He was a violent criminal,” she said of Floyd.
It is rather unfortunate that Candace’s opinion at a time like this is unwarranted. That, someone, was once a criminal does not mean he is always a criminal and can’t be honoured or celebrated for a great feat. Sometimes, it is easier for us to point an accusing finger to others when there are lots of skeletons in our own cupboard. The narrative of the ‘Knee on the Neck‘ as put by Barack Obama is a metaphor of how the system cavalierly holds black fold down, ignoring the cries for help. George Floyd’s death perfectly captures this phenomenon and to me, he deserves to be called a martyr and a hero.
Who is right? Candace or Me?
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