Increasing number of black Gen-Z voters inspired by Kanye West are questioning their loyalty to Democrat Party and say 'conservatism is blackness'
Black voters aged 24-18 are beginning to question their traditional support for Democrats, it has been claimed, amid anger at the slow pace of change in their cities.
Black voters from Generation Z - born between 1996 and 2015 - are being encouraged by Trump supporters such as Candace Owens - whose Twitter biography states: 'Black people don’t have to be Democrats— still' - and 18-year-old CJ Pearson to reassess their expected Democrat backing.
出生于1996年至2015年之间的Z世代黑人选民受到了特朗普支持者的鼓舞，比如坎迪斯·欧文斯(Candace Owens)和18岁的CJ·皮尔森(CJ Pearson)，他们重新评估了自己预期的民主党支持。坎迪斯·欧文斯在推特上的传记中写道：“黑人不一定非得是民主党人--现在仍然是。”
Black Americans overwhelmingly support Democrats, casting more than 90 per cent of their votes for the party's candidates in the past three presidential elections.
But black pro-Trump activists were given a huge boost by Joe Biden's July interview with radio personality Charlamagne Tha God, in which Biden clumsily claimed that not supporting his campaign means 'you ain't black'.
但是，乔·拜登(Joe Biden)7月份接受电台名人查拉马尼·萨神(Charlamagne Tha上帝)采访时笨拙地声称，不支持他的竞选活动意味着“你不是黑人”，这给了支持特朗普的黑人活动人士一个巨大的提振。
A video of Trump responding to Biden's labeling Trump a racist, at a virtual town hall on July 22, was promoted the popular black pop culture blog The Shade Room.
7月22日，特朗普在一个虚拟市政厅回应拜登给特朗普贴上种族主义者标签的视频，在广受欢迎的黑人流行文化博客The Shade Room上得到了推广。
'That shows that we are messaging in a way that is appealing to a group of people who are, I believe, hungry for the truth, hungry for the facts,' said Paris Dennard, senior communications adviser for black media affairs for the Republican Party.
Gen Z are emerging into a world shaken by the coronavirus pandemic, fraught with economic turmoil, protesting against racial injustice and questioning the role of the government in healthcare and education.
Polling suggests Gen Z are more liberal than any generation before them, according to Politico.But they are also more skeptical of the political system and its establishment leaders.
'You know, a lot of people make the argument on the left that conservatism is the antithesis of blackness, but I think conservatism is blackness,' Pearson told the site.
'When you look at my story, as far as being raised by Democrats and things like that, it's weird. It's crazy.
'But it wasn't a huge leap for me. Conservatism, I believe, spoke to who I was, where I was and what my upbringing was.'
Faith, fiscal responsibility and achievements earned through hard work are values central to both the Republican ethos and many black lifestyles, according to a 2019 Pew study.
Pew reports there are more than 23 million eligible Gen Z voters this year, about 16 million more than could vote in the 2016 election.
Gen Z voters make up significantly smaller shares of the overall electorate than other generations because many aren’t yet eligible to vote: by comparison, more than 63 million Millennials are eligible to vote this year.
Gen Z voting intention was not made clear in Pew's report.
They find the unrest in many Democrat-run cities pushes them towards voting Republican, coupled with dissatisfaction at the state of their communities.
'I do think that at some point we have to ask ourselves, when are we ready to change the system that we have enabled?' asked Javon Price, a Georgetown University senior and the external affairs director for gen z gOP, a national organization of young Republicans that aims to encourage more Gen Zers to embrace conservative politics.
他说，我确实认为，在某种程度上，我们必须问问自己，我们什么时候准备好改变我们已经启用的系统？乔治敦大学(Georgetown University)大四学生、GOP对外事务主管贾文·普莱斯(Javon Price)问道。Gen z GOP是一个由年轻共和党人组成的全国性组织，旨在鼓励更多的Gen Zer接受保守派政治。
He told Politico: 'Black people are arguably the most loyal supporters of the Democratic base.
'And we're still talking about the same issues we talked about in the '60s.'
Jake Neer, the 19-year-old vice chair of the Black Conservative Movement, told the site: 'Biden connects with many black voters. He talks, he says all the right things, but there aren't many results behind what he's done.
'If I look at President Trump's actions, I see more results.'
Politico points out that even a small dip in black support for Biden in closely-contested states that have substantial black populations — like North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan or Florida — could tip the scales in Trump's favor.
Pearson admitted it was unlikely that Trump would receive strong support among his generation of black voters - but he was doing his best to work for it.
'At the end of the day, Is it an uphill battle? Yes, it is,' he told the site.
'You know, historically, we've seen the black community support Democrat politicians 90 per cent of the time each election year, but what I will say is that this year is just different.
'Democrats won't be showing that black lives matter by wearing kente cloth. That will be by policy.'