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Candace Owens: “Don’t Tell A Black Woman To Stay In Her Lane”

Candace Owens is a right-wing political commentator who is particularly known for downplaying racism in modern America. However, it’s clear that she recognizes it exists, when it becomes relevant in her life personally.

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As Stamford Advocate reported in 2019, Owens went viral for declarations minimizing racial inequality, saying, “Stop selling us our own oppression. Stop taking away our self-confidence by telling us that we can’t because of racism, because of slavery. I’ve never been a slave in this country.”

This was despite Owens herself suing the Stamford Board of Education and accepting a $37,500 settlement over an incident in which she was the victim of racist attacks — prompting a lot of responses pointing out that Owens recognizes racism when she is the victim of it, but denies it when others are.

On Wednesday, Owens emphasized this again, lashing out at Dr. Brittany Bissell, a clinical pharmacist who dared to suggest that Owens’ personal opinions on medical matters should be presented as opinion, not as medical fact. Dr. Bissell’s tweets are now protected, after a spate of attacks by Owens’ fans and followers.

It started when Candace Owens appeared on Fox News to defend Derek Chauvin, who has been found guilty of the murder of George Floyd. She focused on the fentanyl in Floyd’s system, suggesting that this had more to do with his death than Chauvin’s actions.

Bissell responded to a tweet, saying that Owens should “stay in her lane” regarding medical matters. Owens quickly set her followers on Bissell, calling her use of her own pharmaceutical knowledge “whitesplaining” and demanding that Bissell submit to “aggressive anti-racist training.”

Though Bissell’s tweets are now hidden from the public, Owens’ reposts to Telegram still show the text of the tweets she responded to.

In the initial tweet, Bissell says, “I don’t say this phrase often but [Candace Owens] needs to stay in her lane. Throwing around medical misinformation should be a crime.” The rest of the text is cut off.

In the second, she says, “I’m not even arguing she can’t provide her opinion. Just don’t produce medical statements as facts when they’re wrong.”

Still, Owen is happy to spin this as a racist attack, even if she perhaps intended to be facetious, and target her followers at Bissell for daring to correct a layperson attempting to make medical determinations.



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