Director Ava DuVernay offered a history lesson from her own documentary on Tuesday to call out conservative conspiracy theorist Candace Owens for falsely claiming that Republicans’ “Southern strategy” — used to cement white supremacy in the South and recruit Southern Democrats to the GOP — was a “myth.”
Testifying during a congressional hearing on the rise of white nationalism, Owens, a Fox News commentator and director of communications at Turning Point USA, insisted that the Southern strategy “never happened.”
Candace Owens declares that the Southern Strategy is a myth, "that never happened" pic.twitter.com/CRCQEeGbk7— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) April 9, 2019
— Alexander Nazaryan (@alexnazaryan) April 9, 2019
In response, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker re-posted a clip from her 2016 documentary “13th,” a comprehensive examination of the ways white politicians — including President Donald Trump — have long used racism and the systematic disenfranchisement of black people as a political tool.