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Pop star Demi Lovato says she’s ashamed that she’s benefited from “privilege” while working in the entertainment industry, writing in an open letter that she hated sharing “the same skin color as the people accused of committing heinous crimes” against black people in recent months.

“At first, I was self-conscious about speaking out about these issues because I didn’t want anyone to feel like it wasn’t genuine,” said Lovato in an open letter published in Vogue on Tuesday. “I also felt like I wanted to call every person of color that I knew and apologize, which I know isn’t the right thing to do either. Like a lot of people. I didn’t know what to do.”

“All I knew was that I hated that I shared the same skin color as the people accused of committing heinous crimes against Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and many, many other Black lives,” said Lovato.

The singer went on to say that she was unable to demonstrate with Black Lives Matter protesters in recent months due to health issues that have put her in the “at risk” category for COVID-19.

“So here I am, sitting in a home that I was able to afford with the money that I have from singing, while people of color are fearing for their lives every day,” the “Sorry, Not Sorry” singer continued. “I realized this was a lightning bolt jolting through my body, where I was reminded of my privilege.”

Due to Lovato’s belief that she has an “overwhelming responsibility to help spread awareness” about injustice, the singer said that she then “began posting things” to social media in an attempt to “educate people.”

“I’ve always taken my advocacy work seriously, but now I’m looking at it with renewed focus. In this particular instance, what motivated me was knowing how much of myself comes from Black culture,” added Lovato. “I grew up listening to Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and other soulful singers, but those two Black women in particular shaped me into the vocalist I am.”

“If you look at my life, everything that I have — money, success, a roof over my head — it’s because of the inspiration those Black women gave me,” she said. “I continue to be constantly inspired by people of color today.”

Author: Alana Mastrangelo

Source: Breitbart: Demi Lovato Ashamed of Her ‘Privilege’: ‘I Hated that I Shared the Same Skin Color as the People Accused of Committing Heinous Crimes’

BLEXIT founder Candace Owens will sue Facebook over its “blatant censorship” after the social media platform demonetized her page following her comments about senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) swearing into congress in 2017 as an “Indian-American.”

Candace Owens said that Facebook has suppressed her page after she commented her thoughts on senator Harris being chosen as Democrat nominee Joe Biden’s vice president for the upcoming November election.

“I am SO EXCITED that we get to watch [Kamala Harris], who swore into congress as an ‘Indian-American’, now play the ‘I’m a black a woman’ card all the way until November,” said Owens upon hearing the news. “Fun times!”

In her post, Owens included an Associated Press image from January 3, 2017, when Harris was sworn in as a senator. The Facebook post was later labeled as exhibiting “false information,” which was “checked by independent fact-checkers.”

According to “AP’s assessment,” in interviews, Harris “has regularly talked about how her mother, who was from India, raised her as Black.” The so-called “fact-checkers” now claim that “social media users are falsely suggesting that Harris only recently began identifying as Black.”

“I never said that Kamala never said she was black. I said she swore into Congress as Indian-American, which is true,” Owens told Breitbart News in a phone interview.

“It’s also my opinion that I’m looking forward to watching Kamala Harris, who swore into congress as an Indian-American now play the ‘I’m a black woman’ card,” continued Owens. “Fact checkers can’t tell me what I’m looking forward to. That is the blatant censoring of an opinion.”

The BLEXIT founder added that she will be suing Facebook over its censorship.

“Facebook is now hiding behind fact checkers to censor people,” she Owens. “They say it’s third party, but these people obviously have to be in coordination with Facebook.”

“This is election interference,” she added.

Last year, Owens was suspended on Facebook after posting about “liberal supremacists” and statistics regarding poverty rates in fatherless homes. Facebook later restored Owens’ account, claiming it had “made a mistake.”

Regarding her latest experience with Facebook censorship, Owens mentioned that Lead Stories,which was co-founded and by Alan Duke, a former CNN employee, has recently become a fact-checker for the social media giant.

“It’s a brand new company, and now it’s ‘fact checking’ for Facebook,” said Owens. “So we’re looking forward to having them through discovery.”

Owens also explained that she has been able to get “false information” ratings removed from her Facebook page, but that the process requires a lawyer for each instance of censorship.

“Every time you get ‘fact checked’ and censored, you have to get a lawyer to fight each instance,” Owens explained to Breitbart News. “Lead Stories eventually removed a false rating they gave me, but you have to go through a lawyer every time — and it’s costly.”

“All they [fact checkers] have to do is find one opposite opinion, and they can give you a false rating,” she added. “You have to send a legal letter every time to get it reversed.”

Owens added that she will be setting up a legal fund in order to cover the cost of taking on Facebook with her impending lawsuit.

“The censorship issue is real and we haven’t done enough to fight it as conservatives,” she said.

Author: Alana Mastrangelo

Source: Breitbart: Candace Owens Will Sue Facebook over ‘Blatant Censorship’

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