Young, black Americans are turning to the GOP — which needs them to survive

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One of the major headlines from the 2022 midterm elections was gains by Republicans among minority voters.

GOP House candidates received 14% of the black vote, according to an AP VoteCast poll, which is nearly double the 8% black vote achieved by Republicans in 2020 and 2018.

The difference between the percentage of black votes received by Democrats compared to Republicans was 68 points, compared to an 83-point difference in the 2020 election and 82 points in 2018.

This was even more pronounced among young black voters ages 18 to 44, where the difference in percentage turnout between Democrats and Republicans was 54 points, versus 76 points in 2020 and 75 in 2018.

The Republican Party is most aggressively taking root among young black voters.

According to Pew Research, 28% of black Republicans age 18 to 29 are 17% of black Democrats and 10% of white Republicans.

My own sense is that young Black people are less inclined to think primarily about race and less inclined to think about their future in terms of racial-group identity politics.

GOP House candidates received 14% of the black vote, nearly double the 8% black vote captured by Republicans in 2020 and 2018.
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Pew Research data shows that 58% of black Republicans say their race is an “extremely or very important” aspect of their personal identity. This was compared to 82% of black Democrats. And 21% of black Republicans say their race holds little or no importance to their personal identity, compared to 6% of black Democrats.

It’s also worth noting that 50% of black Republicans live in low-income households.

So in general, black Republicans tend to be young and poor. It makes sense. These young Black Americans are thinking about their future and they have a sense of realism that their future is about their own efforts as opposed to racially driven government programs.

Per Pew, 45% of black Republicans, as opposed to 21% of black Democrats, say the future of black Americans depends on their own efforts. Nearly half of black Republicans — 44% versus 73%, compared to black Democrats — see racial discrimination as the main obstacle to black progress and achievement.

So change is happening and that is good news. More in the coming generation of Black Americans see themselves as the civil-rights movement wanted all Black Americans to be seen—as unique individuals.

But this change has to be big and fast to slow down and stop the leftist movement of the country.

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The Republican Party is most aggressively taking root among young black voters.
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In 2022, among voters 65+, 76.3% were white, according to a Brookings Institution analysis; ages 45 to 54, 68.2% were white; ages 30 to 44, 62.2% were white; and 18 to 29, 56% were white. This demographic snapshot shows the future ethnic profile of the country: It is becoming dramatically less white.

In 2022, 72% of voters were white, and 58% of those voted Republican, accounting for 42% of the total Republican vote. If the overall profile looked at 18- to 29-year-old voters, 56% white instead of 72%, with no change in the percentage voting Republican, 58%, white voters would be voting 32% Republican, up from 42% .

It should be clear that, with the US population shifting dramatically to non-white Americans, the percentage of non-white Americans voting for Republicans must increase dramatically or we can expect the country to vote for a Republican. Will continue to change in government and moral relativism.

GOP reforms (14% of black voters and 39% of Hispanic voters voting Republican in 2022) are not enough. Republicans should take a closer look at the positive dynamics driving young Black people to the GOP and use this message to reach more minority Americans.

Means don’t depend your future on caste politics. Every American should be treated as a unique individual, personally responsible for his or her own life. The job of government is to protect life, liberty, property, and to seek happiness for all.

Starr Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and host of the weekly television show “Cure America with Starr Parker”.

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