Candace Owens just testified that white supremacy and white nationalism are not real problems, but according to the Department of Homeland Security, it is.
On Friday, the black conservative commentator, activist and podcast host sat in a congressional hearing before a subpanel of the House Oversight Committee and explained that the top issues facing the Black community were fatherless homes, Black on Black crime, the education system, and illiteracy. As for white supremacy, Owens says it’s a no-factor.
“Based on the hierarchy of what’s impacting minority Americans, if I had to make a list of 100 things, white nationalism would not make the list,” Owens told lawmakers. “I would argue that right now, we have a social environment that is hostile toward men and does not inspire masculinity or being a man and what it means to be a father figure in a household. Black on black crime is a huge issue in America right now, but people don’t like to talk about that.” She went on to name several other issues like abortion rates and illegal immigration as items that greatly affect the Black community.
In the hearing that was titled “Confronting Violent White Supremacy (Part III): Addressing the Transnational Terrorist Threat White Supremacy,” Owens and another witness shared a back and forth about white supremacy and its connection to the numerous mass shootings the country has endured over several years. Whether Owens sees it to be an issue or not, the DHS added it to its list of priority threats in a revised counterterrorism strategy issued Friday.
“The continuing menace of racially-based violent extremism, particularly white supremacist extremism, is an abhorrent affront to our nation, the struggle, and unity of its diverse population, and the core values of both our society and our department,” said Kevin McAleenan, the acting Homeland secretary, in a speech at the Brookings Institute in Washington. The DHS is taking action against what McAleenan called “targeted violence,” in which an attacker selects the target in advance, driven by hate. Racism and anti-Semitism have fueled recent attacks on African-American churches, synagogues, and public places in California and Texas, he said.
According to the FBI, more people have been killed in the U.S. by domestic terrorist in the past few years than by attacks acted out or motivated by foreign terrorists. The revised strategy said DHS will work to better understand and analyze the behavior and extent of domestic terror and provide information to local law enforcement to help prevent attacks. The government will also do more to discourage technology companies from hosting websites that spread radical hate.