Conservative Candace Owens Challenges ESPN’s Jemele Hill to Debate on Race

Candace Owens

Conservative firebrand Candace Owens engaged in a Twitter exchange on Monday with ESPN’s outspoken liberal commentator Jemele Hill. An exchange which resulted in Owens challenging Hill to a debate on racial issues in America.

Owens and Hill briefly went toe-to-toe on Twitter with both agreeing that racism is “profitable.” However, the pair differ widely on why it is profitable with Hill saying that keeping blacks down enriches whites. While Owens contended that the race-baiting industry pays advocates well for keeping blacks firmly in the left-wing’s camp for fear of being ostracized.

Owens had tweeted that “All people hate racism,” but Hill disagreed saying that the hateful ideas are very “profitable.”

“With all due respect, all people do not hate racism. Racism is profitable and worse, comfortable. Showing a disdain for slurs is about appearing polite. I’ll be far more impressed when that energy is used to dismantle systems created to crush marginalized peoples,” Hill wrote.

Owens gave partial agreement with the claim that racism is profitable, but for a very different reason.

“Racism is definitely profitable — on that we agree,” Owens replied. “It’s why Dems use people like you to continually speak about it. The goal is to paralyze blacks with undue fear, keeping us enslaved to ideologies that continue to fail us.”

Owens then challenged Hill to a debate on racism in America.

Hill sparked Owens’ replies with a tweet insisting that blacks are only “liberal” because only the left fights against racism.

“Black ppl just hate racism. That’s it. And really that’s the only reason we’ve been labeled as liberal. Some people have turned racism into a political issue when it’s a moral one,” she wrote on Sunday.

This tweet spurred Owens to insist that all people hate racism, not just liberal blacks:

But Hill disagreed. She insisted that racism is “profitable”:

That prompted Owens to issue her partial agreement and a challenge:

Later Monday night, Owens again attempted to draw Hill out. However, it doesn’t appear as though this debate is going to happen:

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