Ebbie Banks, a black Stanford University student, took the spotlight during a College Republicans event on Tuesday night and railed against the Black Lives Matter movement, calling it "white liberals in black face."
What are the details?
On Thursday, The College Fix reported that Banks, a freshman, made the comments during a "Make Stanford Great Again" event hosted by the College Republicans, and featuring Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens.
During his remarks, Banks tackled the Black Lives Matter movement, which he said he believes is contrary to black family goals.
According to The College Fix, Banks believes that the movement "does not champion the need for strong black families with husbands and fathers as the role models."
During the Q&A portion of the event, Banks stood up and said, "I’ve been researching Black Lives Matter and I’ve been understanding the politics and how they are funded by white liberals."
"Recently," he continued, "I’ve been feeling like [Black Lives Matter is] white liberals in black face. ... It’s because the white liberals are all about feminism, LGBT — white liberals don’t really care about black people. I realize, white liberals don’t really care about me, bro. I’m off the plantation, bro! I’m off the plantation, bro!"
Banks, emboldened by his own remarks and the positive response of the audience, added, "I'm empowered. They don’t want me to have power. They want to keep me dependent. But I’m realizing this. They put white liberal ideas — LGBT, women, non-binary, white feminism, all that Hillary Clinton stuff — put it in black face!"
Here is a portion of the student's remarks.
Owens, who is black and has received national attention from rapper Kanye West and President Donald Trump for her views, tweeted about Banks' remarks shortly after the event.
She wrote, "The world is changing before our eyes. Tonight at Stanford, a black student stepped to the mic. He said he used to support Black Lives Matter until he researched their lies. He shouted to a packed room 'BUT NOW I’M FREE.'"
"The Black Revolution is unfolding and it’s beautiful," Owens added.
The world is changing before our eyes. Tonight at Stanford, a black student stepped to the mic. He said he used to support Black Lives Matter until he researched their lies. He shouted to a packed room “BUT NOW I’M FREE”.
The Black Revolution is unfolding and it’s beautiful.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) May 30, 2018
On Wednesday, Banks told The College Fix that he used to be fairly liberal until one thing changed his life forever.
"I am just at a place right now where I am just trying to find truth," Banks explained. "To be honest, I am not either liberal or conservative — I am not even in the middle. I feel like both sides have partial truths, but not the whole truth. I am just trying to get as many different perspectives as I can. Engage in new ideas, explore new ideas."
He revealed that he was falsely accused of sexual assault while in high school, and saw how "white liberals" were so "very eager to demonize me and see me as a monster before they had all the facts."
"The left only acknowledges certain kinds of victimhood," he explained, "but then my trauma doesn’t get acknowledged and validated."
Banks said that the accusations came after he had engaged in a consensual sex act with a white female student while the two were attending a predominately white theater camp.
He noted that shortly after the two engaged in a consensual sex act, rumors began to swirl to the tune of sexual assault.
Law enforcement reportedly were never contacted, and Banks said that "the entire affair was rumor-driven," according to The College Fix.
"People were looking at me like I was a f***ing monster, like I wasn’t human," he told the outlet. "I cried every day for a month. I was depressed out of my mind. It just felt so unfair."
Banks admitted that for the longest time, all he wanted was for people to acknowledge what he'd endured, but instead, he remained isolated.
"I realized no one on the left was going to validate my victimhood," he said. "If I got stopped by the police, I could talk about that with white liberals, but once you talk about being falsely accused, it’s a taboo subject."
Banks told the outlet that he broke himself out of the prison of victimhood and refused to allow his experience to dictate the way he lived his life or felt about himself, saying that it "wasn't productive" for him to be stuck in "victimhood."
"I can either stay in it and feel sorry for myself or empower myself and try to get my s**t together," Banks explained.
Banks told the outlet that he hasn't made a decision to join the College Republicans yet and is still feeling out where he feels he fits in.
"I feel like conservatives don’t like to act like racism is a problem, but then again, white liberals like to act like false accusations are not a problem," Banks explained. "I’ve felt like even here at Stanford I’ve had trouble finding places where I can find support to help me overcome it."
You can watch Turning Point's full video below.