Candace Owens’ “Blackout” offers a striking perspective: A Review

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Candace Owens’ Book: Blackout: How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape from the Democrat Plantation. “Democrat Plantation” is a metaphor most used within the Republican party. During the Republican National Convention, Vernon Jones used this metaphor to illustrate how the Democrat party treats their Black supporters: “The Democratic party does not want Black people to leave their mental plantation.”

Lucy Moon, Staff Writer

On February 4, 2020, Candace Owens, a right-winged political social media influencer, released her first book titled Blackout: How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape from the Democrat Plantation.  

This blunt title reflects how Owens carries herself on social media: unapologetic. Most recently, she has made headlines regarding Harry Styles’ Vogue cover in which he wore a dress. 

Her opinion caused an uproar among Democrats, but the Left deems most of her opinions as radical. She travels around America to voice her opinion in an attempt to educate Black Americans on why being a Republican is the right choice to make. This is the argument that Blackout lays out. Embedded with her own personal experiences, history, and statistics, she argues her point very well. 

Owens’ book consists of eleven chapters along with a Foreword by Larry Elder (an American conservative talk radio host), an introduction, a conclusion, and her notes section containing links to every single source she cites throughout her book. She covers her opinions regarding the modern feminist movement, the welfare system, the media, the problems facing Black America, and many more topics.   

Throughout the novel, Owens argues that the Democrat Party has not been kind to the Black community. The modern-day feminist movement is an example of this. Owens argues in her feminist section that this feminist movement (specifically #MeToo) is toxic, especially to black American men. She argues that the media almost always believes women over men nowadays when it comes to sexual assault allegations. She covers different cases in which a woman has lied about an assault and ruins an innocent man’s reputation. Owens refers back to the Emmett Till case in 1955, where a fourteen-year-old African-American teenager was lynched because it was alleged that he whistled at a white woman. She uses this case to compare it to modern cases such as those of Malik St. Hilaire and Jeremiah Harvey. The media smeared these Black American men as guilty simply because the woman involved in the case said they were. Both women were liars, but this was exposed only after lives were ruined. Along with feminism, she speaks her view on other subjects.

Every section Owens wrote in this book was carefully crafted to lead up to her larger idea that the Democrat Party is the main reason why Black Americans have suffered and still suffer today. Owens debunks the idea that police brutality is a problem facing the black community today using statistics. Instead, she preaches that the absence of fathers in the home is the greatest problem regarding Black Americans today, and she blames the Democrat Party for creating this issue. She believes LBJ’s Great Society and the welfare system was the downfall for the home of the Black American family. Owens talks about how the media falsely portrays LBJ because he signed The Civil Rights Act of 1964, but Owens continues to expose the truth behind LBJ; he was a racist (supported by Ronald Kessler’s Inside the White House and other sources) that married the Black community to the government through welfare. His system broke down the Black family unit since more money was given to single mothers rather than married couples. 

Owens strongly believes that a family with two parents is more likely to breed successful children than a single-parent household is. She goes into great detail regarding the history of the Democrat Party and how the party does not care about Black Americans like their big elites say they do (Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, etc). In fact, she claims that the Democrat Party elitists believe that Black Americans are “stupid.” Owens not only argues this claim in her book but also whenever she speaks to college students and even in a congressional hearing. She touches on the media, saying that they’re controlled by the Democrat Party. All of these points lead up to her metaphor of the “Democrat Plantation,” as the Democrat Party does not let anyone (especially Black Americans) think for themselves. She encourages Black America to disassociate from the Democrat Party and to start forming their own opinions. 

Blackout is packed with important information that I believe every American should read. Candace Owens brings a refreshing perspective and message to the table that every American should keep an open mind. Even though some sections can seem radical, every sentence supports her empowering message for Black America to “make their escape.”