Blackout: A Book Review of Candace Owens’ indictment of the Democrat Party’s control of Black America

Candace Owens, Blackout. How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape from the Democrat Plantation. (Threshold Editions, 2020)

Candace Owens is an intelligent, brave, young, black woman who in recent years has challenged the assumption that African Americans should support the Democrat Party and its liberal platform for black America.

As a result of her outlook, she’s had to put up with personal attacks for displaying her independence. Undeterred, she has continued to appeal to Black Americans to open their minds to a different point of view on the history of race relations from slavery to the present.

Blackout is her latest effort to explain her outlook. Relying on history lessons, the writings of famous authors, and her own experience, Owens demonstrates how the liberal left takes Black votes for granted and fails to reward Black support with policies that aid the Black community with better schools, good jobs or strong community institutions.

In a dozen clearly written chapters, Owens exposes the duplicity of the Democrat Party over the years from LBJ’s “great society” to Barack Obama’s paltry record in aiding the African-American community. Along the way she questions feminism’s commitment to Black women, exposes identity politics’ dead-end, and uncovers the negative results of affirmative action and government handouts.

The chapter I found most edifying is entitled “On Culture,” in which Owens contrasts the music created by Black musicians not that long ago with today’s music that exposes “the slow decay of morality; less clothing, more profanity, less education.” (223) She reveals Hillary Clinton’s pretending to be cool in an interview with a Black d.j. And, she repeats Joe Biden’s telling Charlamagne the God “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you aint black.” (225) That despite Biden’s role in passing a notorious crime bill in 1994 that increased the percentage of blacks serving time.

Blackout is meant primarily for a black audience, but anyone interested in learning how the Democrats have exploited the black community over the decades and how one courageous young woman sees things will find her arguments detailed, clear and instructive.

I recommend it highly.

What’s wrong with Liberalism? The case against the FDA

If you want to understand the revolt against Liberalism as exemplified by the policies advocated by Obama/Clinton Democrat Party, look no further than the way in which the FDA is shutting down cigar manufacturing in the U.S. costing hundreds of people their jobs under the guise of protecting smokers from themselves.

The “FDA is in the business of reducing the harms associated with tobacco use,” according to Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, as quoted in the December 4th Washington Post. The FDA has introduced new regs that “require manufacturers to get approval for new products, pay increased fees and add prominent warning labels.” The result, however, will only succeed in putting American manufacturers out of business or forcing them to move their remaining plants overseas. Ironically, this is being done at the same time we have opened to door to Cuban cigars.

“On the one hand, the government is saying ‘smoking is bad’ and making us jump through all these hoops,” stated Eric Newman, co-owner of the last cigar manufacturer in Tampa Florida. “On the other, they’re welcoming Cuban cigars––which haven’t been tested, which aren’t taxed––into the country.”

Whether the new fees and regs will reduce cigar consumption is an unproven assumption on the government’s part. My guess is that it will not, as unlike cigarette smokers, cigar smokers are a much more independent breed. Further, it is highly doubtful the new regs will prevent underage use of cigars since young people don’t smoke cigars in the first place.

The core assumption that Americans want or need a government agency to protect them against tobacco use lacks grounding in reality. Everyone knows the “harms” associated with tobacco use. Since smoking remains legal, however, those who are over 18 ought to be treated like adults and allowed to make up their own minds. Further, government agencies should not be interfering with legal manufacturing by imposing fees and regulations to accomplish social ends.

If you don’t understand why manufacturers have been leaving the U.S., here’s a perfect illustration, and if you don’t understand why people rejected Hillary Clinton’s candidacy and voted for someone whose past behavior has clearly been offensive to traditional mores, here’s another case in point.