Biden Is Talking to Howard University Students. But Does He Speak to Them?

When Ethan Hayes, a senior at Howard University, talks to his mother about politics, they don’t always see eye to eye.

During the 2020 presidential campaign, Mr. Hayes was skeptical of Joseph R. Biden Jr. because of his record on criminal justice. His mother, Lindi Hayes, who said she grew up in a “fairly conservative” Christian household, felt differently.

“Well, look at the alternative,” Ms. Hayes would tell her son, warning against four more years of President Donald J. Trump.

“I don’t want to look at the alternative,” Mr. Hayes would reply. “I want to look at someone brand-new.”

The mother-son split mirrors a broader generational divide among Black voters on President Biden, who needs their support as he runs for re-election. Although Black voters were a key constituency that sent Mr. Biden to the White House in 2020, polls show that Black voters under 30 have far less enthusiasm for Mr. Biden than their elders do.

The Democratic National Committee said it has…

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This article was written by Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Kyna Uwaeme and originally published on