The black teen-age sensation who once denounced President Obama in a video that went viral in February and built a following on YouTube by attacking liberals is now moving on to leave conservatism behind.
“Over the past few days, I thought about essentially how I don’t want people to follow me because I’m that anti-Obama kid, or who called out Hillary Clinton or who took Bernie Sanders to task,” Internet activist C.J. Pearson told CNN in an email on Friday.
“I don’t want to be the conservative wonder kid that people follow because I make them feel good and like young people are part of their movement,” he said. “I want to be followed because I’m the voice of a generation that doesn’t have a voice at the table.”
Pearson said one catalyst for his change of heart was the shooting of a black teen by a white Chicago police officer who has since been charged with murder in the incident.
“I’m not interested in being a champion of a cause that turns a blind eye to racial discrimination and police brutality in America,” Pearson wrote in an email..
Pearson had, at one time, endorsed Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., for president and later worked for the campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. He now thinks, though, that another candidate might be the most deserving of his support.
“Right now, the best candidate tackling race relations that I, with my beliefs could get behind, is Marco Rubio,” Pearson said in an interview with TheBlaze.
Pearson said he has not renounced his principles, but does not want to be defined by labels.
“My generation is one of the most politically diverse ever, and I’ll continue to be a voice but one that looks at issues objectively,” he wrote in the email to CNN. “My views on the issues aren’t going to be dictated by one political platform or another.”
Here’s the February video that made Pearson famous.