New political movement suggests Blacks should leave the Democrats
‘Turn your head and #WalkAway’
Merdies Hayes Editor In Chief | 10/11/2018, midnight
A great deal if discussion ensued this summer over the #WalkAway movement, a social media discussion about whether the Democratic Party has for years taken the African American vote for granted.
Led primarily by young Black political activists such as Candace Owens, a popular conservative commentator and vocal opponent of the Black Lives Matter movement, and also by hip hop superstar Kanye West, who was among the first and most visible of African Americans to throw his support behind President Donald Trump, the debate may not grab the national headlines as much as the #MeToo movement, Women’s March or the NFL protests against police brutality, but within the Black community the result has led to a spirited discussion about which major political party has the best interests of the Black community at heart. West this week continued his support for the Trump Administration by meeting at the White House with the president and special adviser Jared Kushner to discuss problems and pose suggestions related to the nation’s inner cities, specifically offering thoughts on inner-city job training and, on a more personal note, how to stem the bloodshed among warring Black gangs in his hometown of Chicago.
Adherents to the #WalkAway meme attest that because Black support of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was tepid at best, they reject the widely-held assumption that “Trump won because of racial resentment.” They also point to the decline in Black voter turnout two years ago as the “lowest in 20 years” for a presidential election, reportedly falling to 59.6 percent after reaching a record high of 66.6 percent in 2012.
“When over 90 percent of a community is voting for one political party, they become irrelevant,” Owens said of the purported dissatisfaction among Blacks with the Democratic Party. “Our voting predictability made it so that neither side needed to make good on promises to our community. This is all about to shift dramatically.”
To bolster her argument, Owens cited a Harvard-Harris survey conducted this summer which found that African Americans are the racial group most opposed to unlimited immigration (85 percent), where as 79 percent of Whites surveyed reportedly want to prioritize legal immigrants based on what they can contribute to the nation.
“A party that advocates open borders and the abolition of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) are going to get fewer and fewer of [our] votes,” Owens said.
Republicans are fond of emphasizing that the party was, essentially, founded by President Abraham Lincoln and his opposition to slavery. While Lincoln was not the specific brainchild of the new political party, his name has been identified with “ White uplift” of African Americans for the better part of 155 years. The GOP’s role in the history of civil rights may be even richer than the Great Emancipator. Since Reconstruction, African Americans voted overwhelmingly for republicans with the first elected officials (i.e. Sens. Blanche K. Bruce and Hiram Revels of Mississippi) leading the charge for civil and early voting rights.
The ‘Great Emancipator’