Pearson is an anomaly among Gen Z, whose members are polled to be more liberal than any generation before them. But they are also more skeptical of the political system and its establishment leaders. For a young black man like Pearson, skepticism trumps loyalty to his parents and grandparents’ party. He may not be representative of his cohort’s views, but he does reflect their stance in a way that politicians are quick to notice: he is an iconoclast.
“You know, a lot of people on the left argue that conservatism is the opposite of blackness, but I think conservatism is blackness,” Pearson said, citing his culturally conservative but politically liberal roots. “When you look at my story, it’s strange to be approached by Democrats and things like that. It’s crazy. But it wasn’t a big jump for me. I think conservatism talked to me about who I was, where I was and what my upbringing was. ”
The University of Alabama freshman has been promoting his commitment to conservative values and politics since he was twelve. At age 13, he took part in Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign as chairman of the youth program. His name was later floated for a lecture space at the Republican National Convention 2016. Now as a replacement for the President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and founder of his own political advocacy group called the Free Thinker Project, Pearson, spends most of his days on the streets speaking to Eric Trump and other White House figures at rallies across the country.
Pearson’s meteoric rise within the party, fueled by his great and often controversial The website offers a glimpse into the future of the youngest black members of the Republican Party who are ready not only to embrace Trump’s conservatism, but also to forego democratic politics in relation to race. Although they understand the racism that is ingrained in the president’s rhetoric, they see him as one of the few leaders who provides results on issues affecting the black community. Additionally, they recognize their worth as representatives of a demographic that the Trump campaign sees as marginally essential to its success: young people of color.
Pearson joins many young black Republicans, saying the conservative values he advocated in his household laid the foundation for his change of party. Data support this claim: A 2019 study von Pew found that while liberals make up the majority of the Democratic electoral bloc, 43 percent of black voters identify as moderate and 25 percent as conservative. Faith, financial responsibility, and successes achieved through hard work are values that are central to both the Republican ethos and many black lifestyles.