A black United States Commentator has generated controversy by asserting that George Floyd is neither a hero nor a martyr.
Candace Owens, who supports President Donald Trump, made the comments in a 17 minute video posted on Twitter last week.
Owens made it clear that her comments did not constitute a defence of Derek Chauvin, the police officer charged with killing Floyd.
“Everybody agrees that what Derek Chauvin did was wrong – everybody is happy that he was arrested and everyone hopes justice is served for George’s family,” she stated.
But Owens declared that the black community in the United States has lowered its average because over the last five years it has become extremely fashionable ‘for us to martyr criminals.’
She cited a slew of offences George Floyd committed and for which he was imprisoned, including forcing his way into the home of a black woman who was pregnant, along with several accomplices.
Owens said Floyd pretended to be an employee of the water department.
According to Owens, Floyd pointed a gun to the woman’s belly during a robbery at her home.
He was eventually caught and imprisoned.
She said the woman against whom the crime was perpetrated is now watching as Floyd is turned into a Martin Luther King despite his long rap sheet.
The US activist made it clear that she was all for giving people second chances.
“I don’t know if I believe in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th chances,” she declared.
According to US media reports, Owens raised more than $200,000 for Birmingham’s Parkside Cafe, whose co-owner Michael Dykes said Floyd was a “thug” and protesters were “idiots” in a text message to a co-worker that was posted online.
GoFundMe has suspended the fundraiser, it was reported.
Owens lashed out on Twitter in response to GoFundMe’s decision
“Guess my message to little kids would be for them not to idolize men that: Get high on fentanyl, get high on meth, use counterfeit bills, shove guns into the stomaches of pregnant women while robbing them, go to prison 5 times. What a truly horrible message I carry,” she wrote.