After Kanye “Ye” West wore a t-shirt with the words “White Lives Matter” on the back at his Paris fashion show on Monday, conservative commentator Candace Owens quickly came to his defense.
Owens, who was at the fashion show and wore a “White Lives Matter” t-shirt alongside West, posited on her podcast on Tuesday that the outrage should not be directed toward a t-shirt.
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Candace Owens Defends Kanye’s ‘White Lives Matter’ Apparel, Talks ‘Racist’ Truths Really Threatening The Black Community https://t.co/VIi4iryMz1
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“If ‘Black lives matter,’ then some of these things that we have been talking about on this show, things I’ve been talking about throughout my entire political career, would be getting attention, not the t-shirt,” Owens said. “Just so we are clear, abortion in America has contributed to the greatest decline in Black population since the first Black slaves arrived.”
“For whatever reason, since we have convinced ourselves to genocide our own offspring, nobody cares,” she continued. “In fact, they tell you that it is your right … 20 million Black babies, and yet a t-shirt is what got attention last night.”
“In 2012, more Black babies were killed by abortion in New York City than were born,” Owens added.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, “White Lives Matter” has been associated with white supremacy groups as a reaction to the emergence of the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
Both Owens and West have been critical of the Black Lives Matter movement, calling it a scam.
“Everyone knows that Black Lives Matter was a scam now it’s over you’re welcome,” wrote West on his Instagram story.
Owens quickly posted a screenshot of West’s post on her Instagram story, along with pictures of her in the “White Lives Matter” t-shirt.
On her podcast, Owens emphasized her belief that society should be focusing on the top killers of Black people, such as abortion, obesity, and Black-on-Black crime.
“[Obesity is] the number one killer in America,” she stated. “I know Black Lives Matter told you it was police shootings.”
“No one wants to talk about criminality; people don’t want to talk about Black-on-Black crime,” Owens said.
West, who made donations to the families of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, has come under scrutiny in the media in the past for donning a “Make America Great Again” hat and meeting with President Donald Trump. Later, he said he realized he had been used as a political pawn.
“My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in,” he tweeted in late 2018.