Turning Point USA’s communications director Candace Owens has had quite a week! After thoroughly destroying Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) at a House Judiciary Committee Hearing on Hate Crimes, she prepared for her upcoming show about the social stigma that conservatives, specifically black conservatives, face today.
She sent out the following tweet:
Without question, it is more difficult today to come out as a conservative than it is to come out as gay. Conservatives today are treated with the same social stigma as gays were in the 80’s, Sunday on the #CandaceOwensShow, @robsmithonline and I discuss!!
(Rob Smith is a fellow Turning Point USA contributor who is conservative, black, and gay.)
And she received the following disgraceful reply from actor Geoffrey Thorne:
they will never accept you. they will never think off you as anything but an obedient nigger. you will never be one of them. they see you as a trained animal that does the right tricks. one can only pray you never realize because, if you do, what’s left of your soul will crack.
Just curious as to what Twitter’s policy is for hate speech and more importantly — blue check mark verification. Anybody know?
Just curious as to what Twitter’s policy is for hate speech and more importantly— blue check mark verification.
Anybody know? https://t.co/jHAS7zGQiQ
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) April 13, 2019
Following Thorne’s contemptible tweet, Smith spoke to Breitbart News “and explained why it seems black conservatives are oftentimes subjected to this type of hateful rhetoric, and what it means for other black conservatives observing this behavior, who do not yet feel comfortable expressing their views publicly.” He said:
I think liberals of all colors have been conditioned to police the thoughts of black conservatives and use dehumanizing language towards us by the same phony leaders who sell them nothing but victimhood and fear to line their own pockets.
Every time someone ‘in the closet’ about their political views sees a black conservative smeared like that, they retreat further in, and the cycle continues to perpetuate the lie that all black people think monolithically.
I’d never even heard of Thorne until this morning, just as I’d never heard of actor Jussie Smollett until he carried out his hoax. Thorne is known for playing Sgt. Wilson Sweet on the television series “In the Heat of the Night.”
Thorne’s use of the n-word in his tweet, it seems to me, was intended to inflame. I don’t doubt that Thorne believes what he said, but by including “Ni**er,” he was deliberately screaming for the attention he knew he would draw. Perhaps, as Smollett did, he wanted to elevate his career.
Following his vile tweet, his twitter account was locked.
However, based on comments from Breitbart readers, Thorne’s remarks were not received well, as you can easily imagine. Here are a few of them:
“Thorne is….stayin’ on the plantation even after his chains are cut.”
“Wow what a jerk. Blacks telling blacks to shut up and sit at the back of the bus. Disgusting.”
“He’s just upset we have her and they have Waters.”
“Q: What do the KKK, segregation, Jim Crow and slavery have in common? A: Endorsed by Democrats.”
“If we pass that Civil Rights Legislation, we will have the ni**ers voting Democrat for the next 200 years!” LBJ, Democrat President, 1964
“It appears this obscenity spewing moron can’t handle Candace’s far superior intellect.”
“Every black conservative should be applauded for what they have to endure from black liberals. Candace Owens will be the first female president.”
Scoreboard: Week of April 7
Candace Owens: 3
Geoffrey Thorne: 0
Ted Lieu: 0
Jerry Nadler: 0