For the past few months, I’ve been seeing the term BLEXIT trending on social media. Public figures like Kanye West and Candace Owens have helped popularize the word in the political arena, mainly to promote a “Black Exit” from the Democratic Party. But after doing some research, I’ve come to find out that the initial meaning has nothing to do with politics. It’s about economics.
BLEXIT is a non-profit organization whose aim is to promote Black independence through economic resistance, civil disobedience, and an organized investment into the Black economy. It was established in 2016, in Minneapolis, MN, which has been named the 2nd worst state in the country for blacks. The community members who make up the organization gather to strategize ways to make an impact on the private and public sectors of our economy by investing in the community and divesting from systems who’ve benefited from Black oppression. And the campaigns that they are currently working on include Big Banks, Payday Lending, Public Schools, Big Retail & Holiday Consumerism, Companies using Prison Labor, State Fairs, Black Farmers Market, and Criteria for Ally Businesses.
Until Next Time…