Candace Owens is a young black woman, who diverges radically from the conventional views about how people of her ethnicity, gender and age fit in the US political/social equation. Welfare programs are a trap – affirmative action programs are based on premise that blacks can’t succeed on their own merit – feminism converts women into victims while undermining men – the pro-abortion efforts of Planned Parenthood have focused selectively on black babies – attacks on religious faith are natural for socialists/communists who are trying to promote the idea that people should put their trust in the government versus God – the traditional search of black leaders (e.g., Dr. Martin Luther King) was for equality and an end to racism, but later black leaders (e.g., Al Sharpton) changed to continually harping on racial complaints, which created a vested interest in “proving” that racism was still alive.
Many white conservatives probably tend to agree with these ideas. But Ms. Owens expresses vastly different life experiences, which adds special interest to her views.
For example, the writer has come to view LBJ’s “Great Society” programs as a disastrous experiment begun with good intentions. Ms. Owens avers, quite possibly correctly, that LBJ was racist to his core and deliberately created welfare programs as a bribe for blacks to habitually vote for Democratic candidates (as most of them have been doing ever since). Hence the subtitle of the book: "How Black America can make its second escape from the Democratic plantation."
Or when it comes to “communism” versus “socialism,” her view is that they are basically the same thing. In both cases, the goal is to make the government supreme, which means that faith, the family, and free enterprise have to go, with the distinction being only between means (communism) and ends (socialism).
As for the future, this book suggests that blacks/young people/females should make up their own minds about political issues rather than automatically toeing the Democratic line as they are encouraged to do by educators, the media, etc. And she has a lot of good things to say about President Donald Trump, in fact the final chapter of the book (which was published in September 2020) effectively urges her target audience to vote for his reelection.
The 2020 elections are now over, and Trump apparently fell short (despite pending legal challenges), but he reportedly made some progress with black and Hispanic voters and Ms. Owen’s ideas may gain more traction in the future.
Review posted on Amazon (“Think for yourself”), 11/19/20.