CHARLOTTE – Conservative activist Candace Owens is known as a slayer of identity politics that unabashedly takes on the taboo of releasing black Americans from the insidious grip of the Democratic Party’s enforced victimhood. She launched #BLEXIT (Black/Exit) in October of 2018 as a campaign to encourage African Americans to abandon the Democratic Party and register as Republicans. The growing movement now claims it’s first official North Carolina chapter.
This is #BLEXIT North Carolina, our first official BLEXIT group. They bussed all the way from Charlotte to join the Atlanta rally. We will be expanding and launching BLEXIT wings all across the United States in 2020.
50 wings to fly to freedom.https://t.co/wQLlOj991U pic.twitter.com/pw5yKBMAK0
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) November 12, 2019
The #BLEXIT movement is more nuanced than merely asking black voters to switch parties; it is a window into the reality that even in the liberal Queen City black American are not actually a monolith of voter archetypes. This is despite the Left’s best, and exceedingly successful efforts to shape and mold the collective identity into a state of perpetual loyalty at the voting booth.
It’s historically fitting that such a rebellion against the plantation of political thought and power that is the Democratic Party should form in the North Carolina. The State’s role in the Civil War notwithstanding, it had an early reputation for heightened reverence to individual rights and produced some of the anti-slavery movement’s most famous activists.
The each individual in the photo above is sticking cutting against the grain in such a way as to risk alienation and hostility in this age of demanding conformity to accepted view points. Just last month, polls of black voters in Charlotte showed an ‘anybody but Trump‘ mindset, with less than one in 10 planning to support the president in 2020. The Charlotte #BLEXIT chapter could be a force for changing that, and in the process breaking down the tension driven identity politics and those that benefit from it.