'Race Hustler' Colin Kaepernick 'Extorted Black America to Earn Millions', Says Candace Owens at CPAC

Conservative commentator Candace Owens said activist and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick "extorted black America to earn millions."

At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday, the Blackout author said Kaepernick took advantage of different communities in order to gain exposure and make money.

"Colin extorted Native Americans to maintain his image, and Colin extorted Ghana for a photo-opp, so he could continue to earn those millions. But Colin wasn't the first, he isn't the only, and he certainly won't be the last," she said.

Owens also targeted other prominent black figures, including Jesse Jackson, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Al Sharpton, and outlets such as The New York Times and MSNBC as "race hustlers" who "extorted black pain to line [their] own pockets" and "blindfolded the black youth against seeing the opportunities that lay beneath their feet." She also said there will be a "blexit--a black exit."

Owens focused on Kaepernick for the majority of her speech. She responded to tweets that Kaepernick wrote about the drone strike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. After reading Kaepernick's tweets, Owens said that Iran was once occupied by the Persian Empire.

"That particular country of brown and black bodies used to be known as Persia, and rather unfortunately for his implied thesis regarding their perpetual victimhood at the hands of white people, Persia used to be an empire," she said. "Quite literally, an imperial dynasty for 200 years, almost as long as America has been alive. It was once the most powerful state in the world, imperializing regions from Egypt to India, regions of--you guessed it--black and brown people."

Owens suggested that the former quarterback was being paid to write tweets "to convince black and brown bodies that they are oppressed to keep them angry and confused and uneducated." She referenced two more tweets that Kaepernick wrote on Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July, before discussing cannibalism during the Aztec empire.

The conservative commentator said that Kaepernick overlooked negative actions by non-white groups: "My purpose here is to simply tell the truth: the truth about the history of all men of days past--a history that is complex, ugly, brutish, immoral, and leaves no man regardless of his skin complexion guiltless. But the left wants us to believe otherwise. To them, imperialism, cannibalism, murder, slavery, all of these undeniably sinful acts are forgiven in a historical context, so long as they were not committed by white men."

Jeffrey Nalley, Kaepernick's agent, did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment. Attempts to contact Kaepernick directly were unsuccessful.

Owens told Newsweek in an email that it's hard to refute her speech when viewed in it's entirety. "There isn't a single person in America who can watch my speech in its entirety and disagree with one word I said. Only people who read out-of-context snippets will find any room for disagreement," she said.

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Activist Candace Owens speaks to guests during the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum at the 148th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits on April 26, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Owens gave a speech about Colin Kaepernick at CPAC on Friday. Scott Olson/Getty