ATLANTA, GA – All white people are racist.
At least, that’s what one Black Lives Matter activist believes, and went so far as to say so to a crowd of white people.
In the video, posted to YouTube, the activist who goes by “Hunter Ashleigh” and “Ashleigh Shackleford” stood next to two hand-written posters.
One poster was a list of topics including diversity, intersectionality, equality, capitalism and white privilege.
— Leftist disrespecter and ACAB in the bio blocker. (@Wow_ThatsLame) September 6, 2020
The other poster, in much larger letters, reads:
“All white people are racist.”
Beneath that is Shackleford’s PayPal account information. It received equal billing on the page.
But, if that doesn’t stop you in your tracks, turn up the volume.
Here’s what you will hear her say:
“All white people are racists. So, I put this up because I really want any white person in the room to know up front that this is what we’re dealing with.
“That it’s not going to be this coddling of white tears.
“And we’re not going to discuss, ‘oh, maybe some of us are going to work it out.’
“No, you’re always going to be racist, actually.
“So even when you’re on your path to trying to figure out how to be a better human being, I believe that white people are born into not being human.”
What happens next may be more surprising than the above statement: No one objected.
No one raised a question.
No one left the room.
The video has made a recent resurgence during the nationwide protests that have followed the death of Minnesota man George Floyd while in police custody in late May.
The most effective way to combat racial discrimination is to continually remind white people that they are inhuman demons who are beyond redemption. pic.twitter.com/WclBps4IKz
— Titania McGrath (@TitaniaMcGrath) September 7, 2020
It follows the trend of civil unrest and the powder keg of racial tensions building in large cities across the U.S. as rioter and looters clash with police and counter protesters.
The clip in question actually dates back to 2017 and was recorded at Netroots Nation.
The annual conference for progressives draws more than 3,000 attendees from across the country. The website describes the group as “online organizers, grassroots activists and independent media makers.”
The woman spotlighted as leading the training session in the now re-booted video describes herself as a “Black fat cultural producer, multidisciplinary artist, nonbinary shapeshifter, hood feminist, and data futurist.”
Ashleigh now goes by the name 'Hunter'.
I know you all want to appreciate their pronoun philosophy so, umm, fill your boots.https://t.co/1yGSCzUrPs
— Barry Thain 🟥 (@mindsci) September 7, 2020
In the “about” section on her website she claims to illustrate “the relationship between Blackness, fatness, desire, queerness, afrotechnology and popular culture.”
She apparently draws the relationship line at white people.
For a more in depth look at the woman hired to lecture at the convention, here are some samples of tweets she’s recently “liked” on the social media platform:
“Happy International Whores Day. I am proud to be a sex worker, and I am proud to be Black.”
Happy International Whores Day. I am proud to be a sex worker, and I am proud to be Black. pic.twitter.com/C0LW0kflwH
— Mistress Velvet (@MissVChicago) June 2, 2020
“No, Black people cannot be racist against white people. I don’t care what your favorite online commentator says.”
No, Black people cannot be racist against white people.
I don't care what your favorite online commentator says.
— jenn m. jackson (@JennMJacksonPhD) June 2, 2020
“the fact that we are seeing an uptick in kneeling and hugging cops should suggest that this was, in fact, never (merely) about the destruction of property; it should illustrate how this was moreso about the perfection of coercive force on the improper—Blackness.”
the fact that we are seeing an uptick in kneeling and hugging cops should suggest that this was, in fact, never (merely) about the destruction of property; it should illustrate how this was moreso about the perfection of coercive force on the improper—Blackness.
— jatella (@jatella) June 1, 2020
Now that you have an idea of her interests, conversely, here is a look at how others have reacted to Shackleford’s presentation, with mixed reviews.
In the comment section of a YouTube page showing the video the top comment out of more than 70 reads:
“Substitute the word black every time she says white and you’d be in jail and vilified on all social media, yet this is somehow ok?”
Another user, Heather Rodrigues, writes:
“How can you even say that??? I love all colors and my family is of all colors.”
Wednesday, a man named Zachary Southern posted:
“All [any group] people are [blunt statement]… That is a fundamentally terrible way to form an idea. Ironically, that mentality is the essence of racist beliefs.”
Finally, in a simple turn of phrase, Arthur Morton said:
“The new America.”
It appears Shackleford made a point, but perhaps not the one she intended.
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Here’s more on racism, this time a black woman tells white people to stop with their white guilt.
WASHINGTON D.C. – Political commentator and author Candace Owens took a break from her days long Twitter feud with Cardi B to speak on the issue of “white guilt” in the United States.
Appearing on The Daily Wire’s “The Ben Shapiro Show: Sunday Special,” Owens said that a systemic feeling of “white guilt” is more detrimental to Black Americans than racism and “systemic racism.”
Owens recently released her new book “Blackout: How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape from the Democratic Plantation.”
You guys!! T minus 12 days until my first book FINALLY hits stands.
Here’s a little teaser regarding my favorite chapter: ON SLAVERY
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) September 3, 2020
She has long been a controversial figure, because of her conservative viewpoints and her approach to topics relating to the Black community and recent racially charged violence.
Sunday’s appearance on Shapiro’s show touched on everything from her stance on popular rap lyrics, to the death of George Floyd, to policing and funding for police departments.
The more than an hour long interview has already gotten more than a quarter million views on YouTube.
Owens tackled the riots that have exploded nationwide, especially in large cities, since the in-custody death of Floyd in late May.
The anti-police brutality riots have come with widespread reports of violence and looting, and millions of dollars in damages to infrastructure and businesses in cities like Chicago and Portland and Minneapolis.
Black Lives Matter protesters have argued that the Black population has been targeted by police, with little disregard for life.
Recently, a Twitter page for the movement re-tweeted a post about the shooting of Jacob Blake.
“Jacob Blake’s sons were in the car when police shot him. Philando’s girlfriend’s daughter was in the car when police killed him. Tarika’s baby was in her arms when police killed her. Police don’t care about traumatizing Black children.”
Jacob Blake’s sons were in the car when police shot him.
Philando’s girlfriend’s daughter was in the car when police killed him.
Tarika’s baby was in her arms when police killed her.
Police don’t care about traumatizing Black children.
— Kirsten West Savali (@KWestSavali) August 24, 2020
In her recent interview, Owens argued against the notion of targeted violence against Black Americans by law enforcement. She called the notion a “big lie.”
“If you are truly, sincerely a white supremacist in America, the best thing you could do is do nothing and let black America tend to itself because what we do to ourselves, right, when left unattended to ourselves is way worse, when you look at the statistics, than allowing any other group to come in and try to do anything to us.
And that’s including, of course, police officers, who are not killing black Americans for no reason.”
Owens continued her argument against the idea of “systemic racism” by saying that “white guilt” and assuming responsibility for injustices inflicted on minority groups in the past, is keeping Black Americans locked into a state of “emotional immaturity.”
She went so far as to assert that “systemic racism” is “not at all an obstacle to black Americans today.
“There is nothing that says I cannot do something as a black person that you can do, so it’s completely false.
What we’re really talking about is the fact that people want to absolve themselves of personal responsibility, and we’re being helped. If there is anything that is systemic in America today, it is white guilt.
It’s been institutionalized, it’s been politicized, politicians [and] white people feeling bad for themselves and therefore allowing people – allowing black people and white people alike – you know, Antifa and Black Lives Matter to run around and act like toddlers, right?”
It is not the first time that Owens has hit on the issue. She talked about a recent video she posted to Instagram that conflicted with the “media depiction” of George Floyd as a “martyr for Black America.”
“We elevate people who should not be elevated and we downgrade people who should be elevated, right? So Condoleezza Rice? Uncle Tom. Larry Elder? Coon. Dr. Ben Carson? Stupid. That’s my favorite one, that a literal neurosurgeon is stupid.”
Comments immediately poured in by the hundreds, heavy with praise for the young conservative.
One woman wrote:
“I am a black American, and I will be voting for the Republican Party for the first time in many many years. These BLM mementos are making it worse for our people and the neighborhood. The Lord is concerned about our righteousness not our race.”
Another posted, simply:
“I love how she isn’t brainwashed and she actually speaks the truth.”
Owens even touched on the feedback she has received personally, and how she thinks it can translate into a larger conversation on race issues.
She told Shapiro:
“I think for the first time there has been a lot of chatter and a lot of debate in black America about politics in general. At the height of this racial unrest, there is also racial conversation. I can tell you when I first got started, I had no black fans. It was, ‘You are an Uncle Tom. You’re a coon. You’re a house negro.’ And that has completely transformed. I am inundated with emails from people thanking me.”
Watch Owens’ full interview here.
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