Speaking as a Black American, I have heard many in my community say that they've never voted or it doesn't matter if they vote or not. Well I'm here to say that is the biggest load of horse crap ever.
Quick history lesson. There was a time when Blacks were considered 3/5 of a person. Not even a whole person! Basically take your arms and legs away. We were basically sub-human. This was back in the late 1780s. Fast forward to 1870 and the 15th Amendment passes!! It says no one can be denied the right to vote....well unless you're a woman. Women at that time were still considered less than men. So I'm assuming white women would have been 4/5 of a human and Black women would be maybe 2/5, maybe??
So things are looking up for voting right? Wrong! Well they had these sneaky scare tactics to discourage black men from voting. Like have the KKK at polling stations, making voters wait 12 hours in line just to register to vote, or having to recite the Constitution in order to be "deemed eligible". So naturally Blacks started discouraging other Blacks from voting because voting was a hassle.
Fast forward to 1920. Now the ladies can vote!!
Things are better now, right? Wrong again!! The same tactics were used on women as well. Husbands discouraged their wives to vote or took away their ability to choose or think freely. There were even poll taxes!! A tax to go vote!!
Ok, so what's that have to do with today? Well, during the fight to allow Blacks and women the right to vote lots of men and women were hurt, jailed or even killed. That’s major yo! Someone possibly died for the right that you carelessly throw away.
I'm a person that believes that if you don't vote, then you can't complain about what goes on in this country. Why? Well by not voting you have basically said you're ok with whatever politicians want to do. You've forfeited your right to complain. It's in the very very small print. Now, I know we have this whole electoral college nonsense that actually votes for our Presidential candidate on our behalf. The real power of the people is on the city and state level. Those lawmakers in the Senate and Congress are put there directly by the votes of that state. Every law that is proposed on a ballot is where your voting power is needed!
See they want us all to believe that voting doesn't matter. Why? Because it lets them continue with business as usual. Don't fall for that trick. I won't tell you who to vote for, that's your decision to make, but I would encourage you to vote to at least have your voice heard. You have a voice. You have a right. Exercise it. Take a bunch of 18 year olds with you as well and at least get them registered! Take everyone. The power is in the numbers.
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