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For as long as I could remember, I knew that I didn’t quite fit in at home, at school, or with my demographic. I knew that I believed differently than those around me. It took a long time for me to accept and be comfortable with that. I come from a moderate Democrat family and I am fortunate and lucky that they allowed me to develop my own belief system about life and politics, even though they don’t always agree with me.

“Hey Uncle Fruit, I think that I may be a Republican.”

I will never forget this conversation with my uncle when I was a freshman in high school. I was just beginning to figure out who I was as a person both spiritually and politically. My uncle was the first person I could talk to about politics without feeling like I was being judged. The next words he said to me will always be ingrained in my memory forever.

“Well, you better still register as a Democrat or your aunt will kill you.”

I never did register as a Democrat and my aunt didn’t kill me, but she sure wasn’t happy to find out that I was a Republican and that I didn’t vote for Hillary. That’s another story for another time. As I finished high school and well into my first year of college, I kept my political beliefs to myself. Most of my friends in high school were Democrats. The ones who were conservative just assumed that I was a Democrat and didn’t talk politics with me.

For the rest of high school and into my first two years of college , I continued to figure out what I believed and who I was as a Christian and a person. During that time, I became a Presbyterian and was soon reinforced that I was a conservative. The moment I realized this was when I saw my first of many Tomi Lahren videos. I thought that she seemed way too angry, but when I actually listened to what she said, I found myself agreeing with her. This discovery soon led me to finding Antonia Okafor. Antonia was the first black conservative that I first learned of. Her confidence not only in herself, but in her beliefs gave me the strength to come out as a conservative. The discovery of these two women led me to Future Female Leaders and Turning Point USA, two organizations I am proud to be apart of.

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Being a black conservative at a liberal arts college does come with its challenges, one of which is being viewed as the token black and racist against my own kind. Luckily, these views only come from a few stubborn people at my college.

My name is Kyasia Benjamin.

I am a Christian and a conservative.

I choose to believe in love because that is who God is.

I choose to believe in a small government because I want America to be the best it can be.

I am pro life because every child deserves a chance to live. I cannot condone the murder of an innocent and defenseless person.

I believe that everyone should be able to keep as much as  their hard earned money as possible.

I believe in putting America first and stronger borders.

I believe in immigration and education reform, because both systems are broken.

Most importantly, I believe in the betterment of the American people.

These seem like normal things for a person to believe. According to most black people I should not believe in these things. I choose to think for myself. My life as a black conservative is not always easy, but I wouldn’t change that for anything in the world.

Kyasia B