Candace Owens, known online as Red Pill Black, has vowed to fight back following the social media censorship of a video she posted criticizing a discriminatory campaign started by a Black Lives Matter activist.
As Cernovich Media previously reported, Owens was told that her video – titled “WTF? Black Lives Matter Has A List Of Demands For White People!” – violated YouTube’s guidelines and would be taken down from the video sharing platform.
Well that didn't take long for YouTube to censor me. pic.twitter.com/dhRSD2y4Ei
— Candace Owens (@RedPillBlack) August 30, 2017
Owens – a young, African-American conservative woman – proceeded to upload the video to Facebook, where it was also flagged and promptly removed.
Speaking with Cernovich Media by phone earlier today, Owens stated that she “kind of expected” censorship to happen to her sooner or later – but not this soon.
“I’m just really surprised,” she added. “My channel’s been up for a month. I’m just surprised at how fast it was. I figured I’d slip under the radar for a little.”
‘Slip under the radar’ is the exact opposite of what Owens has done since her video’s censorship.
The incident has earned her plenty of attention online; she’s appeared on Infowars and received support from well-known conservative voices like @PeterSweden7.
During her conversation with Cernovich Media today, Owens stated she intends to use that attention as a means of holding social media platforms accountable.
“I’m going to put some heat on them,” she said. “These are the platforms that say they care about black people, minorities and Muslims.”
She proceeded to question why, then, said platforms feel the need to censor minorities who push their community to think critically about itself as she did in her video criticizing Black Lives Matter.
“In terms of my commentary, I called her [BLM activist Chanelle Helm] petulant but I kept it very high brow,” she said, of the clip., adding that she didn’t call Helm any names.
“I just made an appeal that I stand by. Somehow that violates Facebook’s guidelines – inspiring black people to be smart.”
In the wake of the attention, Owens’ video was eventually restored to YouTube – without explanation.
Owens stated that all strikes also appear to have been removed from her account.
Owens further stated that she will continue to upload her videos to YouTube in the hopes of exposing people to alternative viewpoints.
“Right now the people on the left are using those platforms,” she said. “I’m trying to wake up people that are sleeping. That’s where the battle has to be won.”
Owens also stated that, as an African-American, she is proud to stand up for her white friends and criticize her own community in a way that might seem to risky for an outsider to do.
“If white people defend themselves they’re called a white nationalist and a KKK member,” she told Cernovich Media today.
“You almost have to be ashamed to be white or accept that you’re going to be called a KKK member.”
Still, Owens’ blackness doesn’t mean she’s free to express her conservative ideals without criticism from the black community.
“Some people said ‘you’re not allowed to criticize black people as a black person,'” she told Cernovich Media in reference to comments on her video critical of Black Lives Matter’s list of demands for white people.
“I disagree. We have evolved into a thoughtful, intelligent crowd. I want to distance myself from that narrative that all we can do is be gangsters or angry.”
“It’s just kind of holding a mirror and letting people understand that it’s gotten really, really out of control.”
Check out Candace Owens’ latest video for more of her thoughts on censorship, life as a black conservative and the current state of America.