On Thursday, retired NFL safety Burgess Owens identified left-wing and Democrat policies and attitudes as forming the core of social dysfunction among blacks. He rejected the "socialist, liberal, Marxist" framing of blacks as put upon and victimized by whites.
Owens offered his comments while joining Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity.
Increasing “misery” among blacks is a “political strategy” used by Democrats and leftists, said Owens:
83% of black teen males [are] not working, 77% of black men abandon their families; I mean, I go through the litany of failure, and it’s all because of a Democratic socialist agenda to make sure that misery is used as political strategy.
NFL players pushing anti-American racial agitation were politically misled, said Owens:
Let me tell you what the flag represents and what our country represents; it’ a place of hope, it’s a place of second chances, and we have these young men that are literally millionaires … with billions of dollars represented on that sideline, and they have no clue that we the people — they — are the solution, because they’ve been brought up in this socialist, liberal, Marxist environment in which they’re not given hope. …
The Democratic Party has failed the black community for decades. I’m sick and tired of us being portrayed as a hapless race, that white people did all these things to us, because we don’t know our history. So let’s man up, learn our history, find out that not only did we give a lot to this country, but we got a lot from this country. We’re the freest country in the history of mankind.
Owens credited and praised President Donald Trump for helping push Democrat and left-wing racial agitation to the forefront of national political discourse:
I’m very, very proud to have a president who has the courage and the love for our country to have this come up as a topic. This is a national conversation we should’ve been having many years. The problem we’re having in the black community is the lack of hope did not just appear over the last few months; it’s been eight, ten years; with a black president who never addressed the issues that are now happening in the black community.
Watch Owens' segment with Hannity below.
On Monday, Owens cast leftism pushed by Democrats as a driver of black familial disintegration:
We have come to the point because of liberalism, because of what Democratic policies do, 70% of black men do not stay around. They don't have these parents and these fathers to tell them what they should be proud of and how they should stand up for this process. ...
This is what is happening, liberals at the top, elitists, they are using my race, they are bringing misery to my race and then using this misery to make sure they keep their power.
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