"What I'm saying is not any defense for Derek Chauvin; I hope Derek Chauvin gets the justice that he deserves" and George Floyd's family also for the way that he died. But, "George Floyd is not my martyr. He may be yours." So said Candace Owens a black defender of liberty in a recent YouTube video.
As noted by honest observers, Big Tech has turned radically left, blocking and removing anything outside the Democrat Party narrative. As private corporations, they have a legal right to do this but, as a monopoly on information in the public square, they do not. Before YouTube censors this Candace Owen's video (as they have some of her others) from which the following originates, LibertyUnderFire defends Candace Owen's right to the public square.
Owens continues, "But I also am not going to accept the narrative that this is the best the black community has to offer. For whatever reason, it has become fashionable and despicable for us, the last few years, to turn criminals into heros overnight." And "I'm not going to play a part in it, no matter how much pressure comes from black liberals and black conservatives."
Officer Derek Chauvin is portrayed by the media "as the devil, that he is" and is not uplifted or defended by white Americans "but George Floyd is being uplifted as an amazing human being," which he is not. At the time of his arrest, he was high on fentanyl and methamphetamine, according to both autopsy reports. The 911 police call transcript calling for help "described somebody who was out-of-their-mind high," and that they were fearful of his behavior both during his attempt to use "a fake bill to purchase something" and thereafter until police arrived.
A clip of him placed in handcuffs and against the wall showed a white baggie falling from his body. "The media is refusing to circulate it," Owens said. "You can find it on Twitter if you use DuckDuckGo and look up, George Floyd baggie. You can watch the clip yourself with your own eyes. He had drugs on him at the time of his arrest."
So what else has the media not shared about Mr. Floyd? Apparently he has been a convicted felon for some time -- at least five times, beginning in 1998 with "theft with a firearm." For that, he served 10 months. And again, eight months in 2004, "for a cocaine offense." And again for cocaine another ten months in 2005. Another ten months for cocaine in 2007.
But the event that convinced Candace Owens most that Floyd was not a good person -- most certainly not the outstanding citizen to have T-shirts made and distributed in his name as a pillar of society representing the black community -- was when he and five others forced entry into a black pregnant woman's home to rob her.
"George Floyd took out a gun and pressed it to her stomach. She was screaming, begging for her life and he put her inside of her living room and instructed one of his criminal friends that were with him to watch her, and to make sure she didn't leave the living room ... while they ransacked [her] home looking for drugs and money." Finding neither, they ended up taking her wallet and cell phone. A neighbor, viewing some of the above, called in the license plate of the vehicle driven by Floyd and he served a five-year sentence, his sixth, being released in 2014.
Owens was quick to note that, even with a record you may deserve another chance. People make mistakes. "But I do draw the line when it comes to second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth chances." But Floyd was still breaking laws dealing with counterfeiting, using fentanyl and methamphetamine when arrested on May 25, 2020.
None of this justifies a police officer placing his knee on the prostrated victim's neck causing his death. Nothing!
Still, "he was an example of a violent criminal his entire life. This does not mean that he deserves to die at the hands of police but," Owens explains, "it does mean that I am not going to play a part of the broken black culture that always wants to martyr criminals. Who wants to pretend they were these upstanding human beings."
Owens was noticeably disturbed with America's rush to judgment. Few were willing to wait for other information before taking to the streets to burn, loot, and riot against one another. "I did just basic searches," she said, implying that anyone could know the same by doing a little homework.
George Floyd is a martyr for a fake narrative. "Racially motivated police brutality is a myth." She cites 2018 figures showing that violent white criminals have a 25% higher chance of dying from police than black violent criminals. Moreover, that nine unarmed blacks versus 19 unarmed whites were killed in 2018. "Unfortunately, the black community ... commits a disproportionate amount of crimes compared to the white community ... black men, 6% of the population, count for 44% of all murders in this country according to 2018 statistics." Respecting the myth that cops hunt blacks disproportionately because they are black, she added, that this is "complete smoke and mirrors! It's all made up! It's just election fodder! It's white versus black because it's an election year."
Not only are we allowing this myth "to inspire riots, riots in which black people are dying, in which actual upstanding black citizens are dying." She references, 77-year-old David Dorn, a black retired police officer just defending a black friend's pawn shop, openly murdered by a black assailant.
With respect to black on black crime which is the major problem in black communities, never addressed by Democrat media or politicians, "We blame white people. Right! We only point a camera to white people when they do something, even though we do it at a higher rate to ourselves, right!"
She might have added, "And it works so well for keeping my people enslaved to the Democrat Party."
So "if you want to hang up posters of criminals on your wall and talk about them as your martyrs, do it, do it, you can do it!" But "you're not going to catch me outside, trying to grab a TV pretending it's because a martyr named George Floyd got killed."
Harold W. Pease, Ph.D., is a syndicated columnist and an expert on the United States Constitution. He has dedicated his career to studying the writings of the Founding Fathers and applying that knowledge to current events. He taught history and political science from this perspective for more than 30 years at Taft College. To read more of his weekly articles, visit www.LibertyUnderFire.org.