Candace Owens Lies To Congress With Southern Strategy “Myth” Testimony

6 min readApr 11, 2019

Candace Owens, an African-American commentator known for pushing conservative identity politics, was invited by GOP lawmakers to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on the rise of white nationalism. During her congressional testimony on Tuesday, Owens was allowed to push several lies regarding the state of the country, the most controversial being her assertion that the Southern strategy was a “myth” that “never happened.”

Just a month after she was credited as an influential voice supported by the Christchurch terrorist, the Turning Point USA (TPUSA) communications director used her time to offer lawmakers a revisionist theory on how partisan politics has developed following the civil rights era. The basis of her comments stems from her own believing that white nationalism and white supremacy were “words that once held real meaning, [but] are now nothing more than an election strategy”.

This is ironic given she herself is playing partisan here. During her testimony, Owens continually asserts that leftist voters and their Democrat politicians are using a particular strategy to “scare black people” away from having “the audacity to think for themselves and become educated about our history”, meanwhile, whitewashing similar, historically proven conservative efforts — which she labelled the “myth of things like the Southern switch [and] the Southern strategy” — have simply “never happened”.

It should go without saying that not only is Owens a non-historian, holding no substantive credibility outside of her own opinions, but she’s also a political activist who made a name and fortune for herself as a reactionary figurehead for dogmatic pro-GOP brands. It’s within her own self-interest to play partisan, and who can exactly blame her when you’re making money selling an agenda for TPUSA and host a show for Dennis Prager’s own PragerU? The grifters have gotta grift and in this particular case, securing the money requires a serious degree of revisionist damage control.


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