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Blackout: How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape from the Democrat… (2020. Auflage)

von Candace Owens (Autor)

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Titel:Blackout: How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape from the Democrat Plantation
Autoren:Candace Owens (Autor)
Info:Threshold Editions (2020), 320 pages
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Blackout: How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape from the Democrat Plantation von Candace Owens

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Must-read about disowning the victimhood status taught to us in a post-modern society in favor of abundant gratitude and an inspiration to go out and do. ( )
  Lindsayshodgson | May 6, 2021 |
I almost never read political opinion books written by elected officials anymore because I think the majority of them are actually written by the kind of hired-gun ghost writer paid handsomely to make the politician look a whole lot smarter than they actually are. I do, on the other hand, still occasionally read a political book written by a relative outsider, someone still far enough away from scene of the crime that they are not completely nauseated by the smell in the room. I generally prefer the ones written by respected historians (although my respect for even some of those people has slipped more than a notch or two in recent years) or by someone with a particularly interesting point-of-view.
Candace Owens is one of those people, and Blackout is one of those books.

Owens is what used to be much more rare than it is today: a young, black conservative with the courage to publicly share her beliefs about today’s political environment. As such, she has often been viciously targeted by media people and/or via social media in an attempt to discredit her to the point that she shuts up or changes her message to suit her critics. To her credit, this articulate young woman has done neither. Instead, she has responded to those who want so badly to destroy her with Blackout, a compelling argument that African American culture is going to continue to deteriorate as long as her fellow blacks are willing to sell their votes to the Democratic Party so cheaply.

Owens contends that it is time for African Americans (she, I think, prefers the term “American Blacks”) to lose the herd mentality that has allowed one political party to claim roughly 95% of their votes for the last several decades. In that spirit, she has founded the “Blexit” movement by which she urges blacks to leave the Democratic Party until Democrat politicians actually earn their votes. She says that it is time to quit working for the Democrats for free.

But perhaps the most damning charge Owens makes against Democrat politicians is that they will never allow black Americans to quit thinking of themselves as victims of systemic racism. Her argument goes that as long as blacks have someone other than themselves to blame for their cultural failures, they do not have to do the hard work of solving their own problems. It is just too much easier to have someone else promise to do that for them, as both political parties do, even though both parties almost never deliver in a meaningful way on those promises. The concept of black victimhood, Owens says, is a card that the Democrats have relied on for too long, a card they can never afford to give up now because black bloc-voting is what keeps them in power.

Bottom Line: In Blackout Candace Owens makes a strong case for what she herself has only relatively recently come to believe about American culture. Along the way, the reader learns about Owens’s upbringing and why she changed her own mind about the relationship between the Democratic Party and American Blacks. Sadly, I doubt that a significant number of American Blacks are going to cut through all the noise and personal attacks on Owens long enough to read the book. That is part of the problem. And that is the saddest thing of all. Right, wrong, or somewhere in the middle of the real truth, Candace Owens deserves to be heard. ( )
1 abstimmen SamSattler | Feb 26, 2021 |
leftism 37
family breakdown 51
systemic racism 54, 63, 143, 204, 280
name-calling 66
Amari Allen 95
Twana Brawley 97
FDR-disaster 109
socialism 116, 124, 205ff
white power 132
Obama smokes 157-8
LBJ 160
Ferguson 169
"raise your consciousness" 207
all men are perfectible (in this life lie) 215
hypocrisy 219
music 221
the culture hates conservative 228
George Floyd 229
either uneducated or manipulative 241
Colin Kaepernick 251
Democrat plantations 253
Plato's Cave 258
Donald Trump 273
solution 280

She seems to be socially liberal, doesn't completely get complementarianism 66, 93
  keithhamblen | Nov 14, 2020 |
A Black American J’Accuse
Review of the Threshold Editions hardcover edition (2020)

I read Blackout as part of my reading survey of various books in relation to the 2020 American Election. As a Canadian I’ve generally ignored American politics and elections in past years, but the drama of the situation in 2020 has heightened my interest. As I write this on October 31, 2020 the election is only a few days away although there seems to be a possibility that the results may not be final on the night of November 3, 2020 due to delayed mail-in ballots in the coronavirus pandemic situation. My gut instinct expects that it will be a Trump win as Biden seems to have been a weak candidate. There are countless other issues behind the scenes though which may also dramatically affect the result, one of these is the subject of this book.

Author and Conservative activist Candace Owens is the primary advocate for what she calls Blexit, the exodus of black Americans from the Democratic Party. The slogan is obviously a take on the Brexit movement which was the label for Britain exiting from the European Union. Owens feels that the Democratic Party has betrayed their seeming advocacy for black Americans by disappointing them through various policy and policing initiatives. Owens likens this exit to an escape from the Democratic plantation, hearkening back to the days of slavery.

The history that she presents to support this betrayal covers everything from the founding of the racist Ku Klux Klan after the American Civil War by the remnants of the Confederacy (I don’t quite get the tie-in to the Democrats here though, is it enough that Lincoln was Republican?), the origins of Planned Parenthood (with eugenicist Margaret Sanger) which is seen as predominantly targeting black Americans), LBJ’s “Great Society” and the welfare state which serves to break up black American families, the 1994 Crime Bill which imposed stiff prison sentences for non-violent offenses such as drug possession etc.

As stated, Owens is a Conservative activist, and so her argument is obviously one-sided here. Still there are definitely indications that she is in the same zeitgeist as figures such as Kanye West with his independent run for the American Presidency and Ice Cube with his Contract with Black America (the latter said he was brushed off by the Democrats while having the Republicans at least discuss incorporating some of his ideas into their Platinum Plan for Black America). To add a further touch of arrogance to the mix, Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden said on a remote interview with Charlamagne the God that "If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black".

To sum up what is at stake here, this quote from the book seems the most relevant:
Today, black voters are considered the backbone of the Democrat Party, and for good reason. In 2012, Barack Obama received 93 percent of the black vote. Exit polls from the 2016 presidential election revealed that 88 percent of black voters supported Hillary Clinton. This 5 percent dip was a critical factor in Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump and represents a dangerous trend for Democrats, who would face a existential crisis if they lost another 5 percent in 2020. Not a single expert denies that there is absolutely no path to victory for Democrats if Republicans are able to peel off 20 percent of the black vote. It is therefore true to state that Democrats rely upon the black vote for success. It is also true that, just as in the time of slavery, the work we do for them is done at absolutely no benefit to us, as our communities continue to face criminal, economic, and moral decline.
Based on recent polling from such as Rasmussen, which showed a post-Final Presidential Debate positive approval rating for Donald Trump of 46% by likely black American voters, that existential crisis may be looming. ( )
  alanteder | Nov 2, 2020 |
(52) Hmm. Hmm? Not sure why I read this. I vacillate between wanting to escape through reading versus reading to engage in current events. From what I see it seems if you are black you would have to be crazy to align yourself with Trumpism. And yet, here is Candice Owens and apparently a (?growing) small portion of black men. Owens is a conservative political activist who believes Democrats are co-opting African Americans for their own nefarious purposes like they always have been since the days of slavery and Jim Crow and the KKK. It really is an argument that turns everything on its head, and it is not completely without merit. I think she might misjudge the motives of your average Democratic citizen though. I guess I would still identify as a 'liberal' even after reading this book and nodding my head at certain politically incorrect truths that she dares to state.

I think Owens argues persuasively with seemingly reasonable references. I can pick up what she is putting down re: the welfare state, destruction of black families, the culture of victimhood for sure. I am just about convinced that school vouchers for private for profit schools may be the way to go for engaged families with crappy local schools. I was a bit less convinced by her arguments re: America and Christianity. And I thought many but not all of her critiques of feminism did not ring true. Powerful though re: Emmet Till's murder because a woman was unquestionioningly believed re: sexual assault. I believe so true that much of #MeToo on college campuses is more about regret than rape.

Anyway, it is good to hear other views after reading things like 'White Fragility,' and 'How to be an Anti-Racist.' Is it possible I could believe that those books and 'Blackout' are not mutually exclusive viewpoints? Can one agree with both types of books? I wish Owens didn't use so much disdain when talking about 'liberals,' the media, 'Dems.' The vitriol is detracting for those of us who truly are willing to be convinced. .

An interesting 'political' read without much artistry or significant scholarship but good for her! I love the idea of rejecting victimhood (read: I am so sick of the rhetoric of the virtue-signaling white millennials [and soccer moms] that surround me.) ( )
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