The Blexit movement has been in the news lately, and for those who do not know, it’s a movement formed by the black conservative voice Candace Owens, to encourage African Americans to leave the Democratic party for what she perceives as failed promises over decades, and join the Republican party. Blexit is a short hand for “black exit” and has been gaining both support and condemnation from people since its launch last Saturday.
Owens commemorated the launching of BLEXIT by delivering a “Black State of the Union address” from an undisclosed location Saturday afternoon presumably in Washington, D.C.
“A movement called BLEXIT, the black exit from the Democrat Party, the black exit from permanent victimhood, the black exit from the false idea that we are somehow separate from the rest of America,” she said to a crowd of supporters, describing her newfound movement.
“The BLEXIT movement will spend 2019 holding rallies in every major city in America the Democrats have destroyed,” she added, before taking a brutal shot at the Democrat Party and its allies:
“We are at long last ready to snatch a piece of this America dream. We can fully recognize that this in fact our country, that while Hillary Clinton viewed us as ‘super predators,’ CNN views us as ‘token negros who don’t read,’ Donald Trump views us as Americans.”
The movement has gained the support of one major celebrity so far in the person of Kanye West, which fact I’m sure, is not a huge surprise to a lot of people given that Kanye West has been in the news of late urging black people to do exactly what BLEXIT is officially urging them to do.
The aim of this article is to give my personal perspective on the new movement, and how I view the name “BLEXIT” beyond exiting the the Democratic party and entering the Republican party.
BLEXIT, in my opinion, doesn’t necessarily mean that black people should dump the Democratic party and automatically join the Republican party. I see it as meaning that black people must think about their total commitment to voting for the Democratic party. It means that black people must stop seeing voting for Democrats as a duty, and instead, start looking at candidates and what the candidates stand for regardless of party affiliation.
Voting for the Democrats has almost made black people into something of an automaton, and is clearly done without much thought given to it. It has become something that black people did every election cycle largely because of many years of brainwashing. Brainwashing that, in many cases, has been handed down from parents to children, and on to grand grand children. It’s almost a dogma that blacks don’t vote for anybody but Democrats, and that is not right because it has created this situation where black people are not allowed to ask questions, in which case the ones who dare are treated as outcasts. It’s become almost sacrilegious for a black person to question why they have to vote for Democrats, or suggest voting for anyone other than a Democrat.
Because of this, I look at BLEXIT as a long overdue wake up call to black people to take a closer and more critical look at a party they’ve given their votes to for decades. I see it as a long overdue wake up call to black people which encourages them to take stock and take an inventory, of some sort, on what Black people as a group, have achieved from obediently giving their votes to the Democrats all this while.
Has the black communities become better over the decades they’ve been voting for Democrats? I don’t think so, on a personal note, and I don’t know what you think, but the Crime Bill which was signed into law by a Democratic president, and supported by Democrats in Congress, is the major reason black communities across this country have regressed from what they were. In fact, looking back, it is clear now that black communities were on an upward growth curve before that law, and has been on a free fall since the law came into existence.
The Democratic party, the same one that black people vote en mass for in every election, did that. Yes, Republicans helped, but the Democrats led the charge, and the head Democrat signed it into law. It is the Democrats that gave that gift to the black people, something that has been called the worst thing to happen to black people since actual slavery. That alone is enough to make black people never to vote for any Democrat ever again, but that’s not the only thing.
Democrats have equally supported the corporate take over of this country’s government and economy which fact has aided the impoverishment of all common Americans with black people bearing the brunt of this impoverishment due to their already vulnerable position. A Democrat president signed the repeal of the Glass/Steagall Act. The Glass-Steagall Act was passed by the U.S. Congress in 1933 as the Banking Act, which prohibited commercial banks from participating in the investment banking business.
The repeal of this Act was a major contributor to the economic crash of 2008 that decimated the American middle class and did untold damage to the poor of which group many black people fall in. A Democrat president, Bill Clinton, to be precise, signed the repeal which opened the doors to the subprime loans that targeted black people and finished off what the crime bill started. The Democrats were responsible for that, not Republicans, which makes you wonder why black people still vote religiously for Democrats?
The answer to that question, in my opinion, is what BLEXIT is here to change, and that is the reason why I support it as a movement. To me, BLEXIT is not simply about leaving one political party and joining another. BLEXIT about encouraging a group of people that have almost been enslaved by a political party to take stock of the relationship. In that sense, it’s a worthy movement.
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