Tuesday, Black Twitter came for Candace Owens after she testified before a House Judiciary Committee hearing discussing hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism.
The conservative commentator, known most recently for her support of Donald Trump and friendship with Kanye West, suggested something during the hearing that is a proven, flat-out lie: the GOP’s Southern Strategy “never happened.”
“[Black conservatives are criticized for having] the audacity to think for themselves and become educated about our history and the myth of things like the Southern switch, the Southern strategy, which never happened,” she said during the hearing.
However, Owens must not have understood that the Southern Strategy and other methods that the Republican Party used to disenfranchize Black people are all well-documented, particularly after the political realignment of the 1960s.
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay presented straight facts on Twitter, courtesy of her acclaimed documentary, 13TH. The film has audio from Ronald Reagan’s campaign strategist, Lee Atwater, who literally lays out the Southern Strategy, and the evolution of terms and policies that would result in “blacks [getting] hurt worse than whites.”
Watch the clip from 13TH below:
Let me go ahead and leave this right here for folks confused about the uninformed mess that someone named Candace Owens is trying to pass off as truth. In fact, it’s just white nationalist revisionist garbage. The Southern Strategy goes as follows. And the marathon continues. https://t.co/era1mzwij2
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) April 9, 2019
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