As a citizen, we all have the civic right to many privileges. One specifically is to vote. Regardless of your political party affiliation, race, or beliefs – full participation during our elections creates a strong and sound democracy.
I can’t help but to speak directly to my African American community. If we want to change our societal position, we must add voting to the long list of other actions we are currently taking. Some may say that their vote doesn’t matter or that the system is rigged against us – but that’s the mentality that society wants us to have. It is proven that if we truly participate, we can beat the odds against us.
Think about when Obama was running for office. I was too young to vote but I recall the black community finally getting together and making a difference. We must do this far more than when a black person is a candidate. More so, we as African Americans are not in a predicament to be picky when it comes to a candidate. Especially not in this election.
To my African American community, not voting nor exercising our basic rights is a disgrace to those who fought for our privileged rights. Our ancestors fought and lost their lives for us to do something as simple as getting an education, getting married, or voting.
Vote like your life depends on it. Vote because you want change. Vote for those who can’t. Regardless of reasoning – vote.