Blexit

Blexit

Updated Oct 23, 2019 at 09:03AM EDT by Y F.

Added Oct 29, 2018 at 01:04PM EDT by Matt.

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Blexit is a portmanteau meaning "black exit" made in reference to a political movement to mobilize African Americans away from supporting the Democratic party. While the term has been used for various other causes, particularly in regards to black Americans, this particular use is a politically motivated movement started by Candace Owens the Director of Communications of the conservative advocacy group Turning Point USA.

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The earliest known usage of the term "Blexit" was posted by Candace Owens on February 23rd, 2018. That day, she tweeted, [1] "It was great meeting and speaking with @Nigel_Farage today. I'm thinking maybe I should name my movement #Blexit (Black-Exit from the Democratic Party). #Blexit2020 #MAGA." The tweet received more than 1,500 retweets and 5,300 likes in less than one year (shown below).


Candace Owens @RealCandaceo It was great meeting and speaking witlh @Nigel_Farage today. I'm thinking maybe l should name my movement #Blexit (Black- Exit from the Democratic Party). #Blexit2020 #MAGA

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Kanye West-Designed Shirts

On October 27th, 2018, the New York Post[2] reported that "Kanye West designed T-shirts urging black people to bail on Democrats." According to the Post, the shirts premiered at Turning Point USA’s Young Black Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. (shown below). Owens said of the design, "Blexit is a renaissance and I am blessed to say that this logo, these colors, were created by my dear friend and fellow superhero Kanye West."


FEATURED COLLECTION XL BLEXIT E FRE WE FREE Short Sleeve Shirt $25.00 WE FREE Long Sleeve Shirt $28.00 THE STANDARD Short Sleeve Shirt $25.00 LEXIT THE STANDARD Long Sleeve Shirt $28.00 THE PEOPLE Short Sleeve Shirt $25.00 X Hat $25.00


On October 29th, Owens tweeted a statement about the reaction to the shirts, where she states that West helped her "design the 'X' fir BLEXIT." She captioned the statement, "#BLEXIT is about the beautiful stories of so many black people who have awakened themselves to the possibilities of our future, as Americans. The press is trying to use Kanye’s name to create drama and further divisiveness which is WRONG." The post received more than 1,700 retweets and 5,000 likes in 24 hours.[3]

Some reacted negatively to West's involvement. Twitter[4] user @KevinMKruse tweeted elements of the Blexit website. He tweeted, "Hey, @kanyewest. You don't know what you're talking about here on your new Blexit site: https://blexit.com Every one of these is pretty much a lie." Twitter[5] user @adamcbest tweeted, "Kanye West is making 'Blexit' merch to encourage a black exit from the Democratic Party. What he actually seems to be encouraging is acceptance of the Republican Party's decades-long racist effort to silence black voices via mass incarceration, voter suppression & gerrymandering." The tweet received more than 2,800 retweets and 8,100 likes in 24 hours (shown below, right).


Candace Owens @RealCandaceO #BLEXIT is about the beautiful stories of so many black people who have awakened themselves to the possibilities of our future as Americans. The press is trying to use Kanye's name to create drama and further divisiveness which is WRONG Here is statement of clarity from me my earlier statement: I said on stage that my friend and fellow superhero helped me design the "X” for BLEMT. This may shock the world, but Ye is a world renowned designer. Everyone who knows him asks him for advice orn design. Ye supports various people in different regards, because at the end of the day- his a message about unity and love. He supports Colin Kaepernick. He supports Amare Enyia He has said he loves Hillary Clinton He has said he loves Donald Trump BLEXIT is a project that is mine entirely. I am blessed that Ye introduced me to a designer who despite having totally different political beliefs than me, helped me craft some beautiful letters that l used on the BLEXIT caps The insinuation that Kanye is now the author of my Kevin M. Kruse e @KevinMKruse Hey, @kanyewest. You don't know what you're talking about here on your new Blexit site: blexit.com Every one of these is pretty much a lie. INCONVENIENT TRUTHS Knowledge is the root of freedom. Learn more about America's forgotten history. 60 Lynching: A Fate for Both Blacks and Whites President LBJ's True Motivations Tll have those n ggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years President Lyndon B Johnson (D) Margaret Sanger Calls for Black Extermination 3.446 black Republicans and 1,297 white Republicans were lynched by the KKK between 1882 and 1968. Colored people are like human weeds and need to be exterminated. Kanye West is making "Blexit" merch to encourage a black exit from the Democratic Party. What he actually seems to be encouraging is acceptance of the Republican Party's decades-long racist effort to silence black voices via mass incarceration, voter suppression & gerrymandering.

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