GoFundMe suspends fundraising campaign for struggling cafe set up by conservative Candace Owens
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On Tuesday, conservative political activist Candace Owens took to Twitter after fundraising platform GoFundMe suspended her campaign to raise money for Parkside Cafe in Alabama.
Private text messages between co-owner of the cafe, Michael Dykes, and an employee were leaked online, where Dykes referred to George Floyd as a “thug” and protestors as “idiots,” according to an article by Fox News.
The comments made by Dyke led to a boycotting of his business, at which point Owens stepped in to help.
“Business in Birmingham, Alabama is under attack because in a *private* text leaked by his employee – he agreed with the sentiments of a Candace Owens video. Left is calling for boycotts of his struggling business, so I created a fundraiser for him,” Owens wrote.
Owens quickly began trending on Twitter last week after she denounced the martyring of George Floyd in a video on the social platform.
“Confession: #GeorgeFloyd is neither a martyr or a hero. But I hope his family gets justice,” Owens wrote on June 3.
Candace Owens is certainly making her voice heard on social media, and without any apology. For the most part, however, many prominent Republicans have neglected to speak controversially.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson recently called out Republicans for not doing enough and instead deciding to “sit this crisis out.”
“[Republicans] haven’t bothered to explain what’s wrong,” Carlson said on Monday. “They haven’t bothered to tell us anything about what might be flawed about Black Lives Matter, and they don’t plan to by the way. They’re too cynical. They’re too fearful.”
Last week, Carlson laid blame on the responses of many prominent Republicans following the beginning of violent cross-country riots, including former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, who hasn’t posted to Twitter since June 1.
The issue at hand now is whether these efforts will continue to be censored, as has been seen in tweets by the president and more recently in Owen’s fundraising for a struggling small business.
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