Black Businesses, Political Leaders Show Early Support For Robert F. Kennedy Jr. In 2024 Presidential Race
In recent weeks, presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has seen growing support from Black business and political leaders as calls for other Democratic nominees grow louder alongside Biden’s low approval numbers, a press release states.
Events in Washington, D.C., and New York, hosted by the SuperPAC American Values 2024 (AV24), were thrown to celebrate the candidate’s official entry into the presidential race. Attendees lauded Kennedy’s stance on issues ranging from reparations to prison and police reform policies and health equity for people of color.
“I’m a 30-year attorney and founder of the Women of Color for Kennedy 2024. I have been practicing law and, specifically, as a trial lawyer in healthcare. And for me, the most valuable aspect of Kennedy’s campaign is his work in healthcare, specifically in medical freedom,” said Jo Saint George, an attorney whose clients face hurdles in these areas.
“I represent over 150 individuals in New York and around the country who’ve been fighting for their medical and religious liberties to choose what goes in their bodies. And Kennedy has fought for decades for that right,” she continued.
“Not only that but also for environmental rights for African Americans, environmental equity and protections are critical for our community; health equity and being able to make the right choices for each family is the No.1 quintessential value in our community. Why? Because we are impacted disproportionately by chronic disease. And, so for me, as a lawyer who watched Mr. Kennedy for decades from afar, advocating for myself and the community at large on those two key issues is why I’m supporting him.”
Among Kennedy’s other supporters are local business owner and AV24 leader Justin Faust, lobbyist Joshua Lopez, political analyst Clay D’Souza, and political consultant Alpheaus Marcus. These and other Black leaders honed in on the candidate’s fight for racial healing as well as his commitment to “uplift Black voices.”
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is the nephew of former U.S. President and civil rights advocate John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1963; and the son of Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated while running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1968.
“My grandfather, John D. Slade, endorsed John F. Kennedy, Jr. in 1960. My dad, Kenyatta Slade, endorsed Ted Kennedy in 1980, and here I am endorsing Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in 2023,” said crypto professional John Slade during the AV24 dinner held in Kennedy’s honor.