Blexit Won’t Happen, Don’t Hold Your Breath

The term Brexit - that is, the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union - has spawned a range of copycat references.  Texit, the Texas secession movement’s version, is an example; Frexit, France exiting the European Union, is another; and more recently, Blexit, the supposed mass exodus of black American voters from the Democratic Party. The movement held its first rally a few of days ago:

The first Blexit rally—celebrating the exit of black Americans from the Democratic Party—was held at the Globe Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on Jan. 20.

The free event was hosted by Turning Point USA’s Candace Owens, who announced the movement in October at the Black Leadership Summit, a three-day event geared toward young black conservatives, ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm elections.

The Los Angeles venue welcomed a full house of people of all colors, who showed their support for black and Latino Americans for leaving what they called the “Democratic plantation.”

Candace Owen is not the first black American to join the conservative movement promising to bring black voters into the GOP fold - and she won’t be the last. However, promises have never materialized into votes and Owen is not going to reverse the trend. Can I inform you as to why Blexit won’t happen? Very simple. Black Americans recognize the Democratic Party is the reason a whole range of employment and educational opportunities are available to them that otherwise would not. Leave the Democratic Party?  They’re more likely to depart America and move to China.

Shortly after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed (largely with Republican support I might point out), the Democratic Party decided it should earn the support of black Americans. To that end, the party embraced affirmative action, hiring quotas and diversity policies. Government employment and federal contracts are another reason blacks vote for Democrats:

But with black Americans constituting nearly 20 percent of the overall federal workforce (a proportion larger than their population size of 13 percent), slicing up the federal government is sure to have a negatively disproportionate impact on them—and, in a bigger way, thriving black middle-class communities in metropolitan centers like Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, which are major hubs of federal agency and contractor commerce.

It won’t just be black federal employees, either: Black professionals and entrepreneurs with small to midsize businesses relying on federal budgets. 

Don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating discrimination against blacks. I believe in meritocracy as we have in college athletics, the best athletes get recruited.  The rest don’t.  No one wants a shooting guard who can’t shoot, a pitcher who can’t get batters out or an offensive lineman who can’t block and so forth. I am a big believer in Booker T. Washington’s admonitions from a century ago that blacks should strive to excel in education, acquiring marketable skills rather than putting all their hopes in political representation.

Black voters know that the Democrats have their back. They know that if the Republican promise to shrink government ever comes to pass, many will find themselves out of job and be forced to compete in a market requiring skills they do not possess. They know if the push for diversity is removed, many individuals who got a job or school admission, not because of their qualification but because they checked the right box, will lose ground. We operate in a nation where the color of one’s skin is now mandated for such considerations, not the content of one’s character. Blacks know it. Everyone knows it except for Candace Owen who thinks a catchy name and cute T-shirts are going to win black voters.