Just Not Trump
So "Super Tuesday" has come and gone. Some citizens voted and some did not. I was apart of the group that did not based on the electoral candidates I had to choose from. Some don't know the importance of voting at the local and state level and the significance it has on the federal level come November. After scrolling through my Facebook feed on yesterday, I saw friends and followers (people I don't know) make comments in reference to voting and why you should vote and there were those who defended the non-voters.
One friends post read:
"I don't want to hear anyone of my family members, friends, or cohorts complain about the affects relative to politics because you didn't vote. Sometimes change can't be made through a radical approach, posting on social media, giving up, or just complaining.. But, it can be by only just taking 5 mins to press a few buttons. You're probably free today and may not be in November, so go ahead and vote."
I agreed to disagree in this instance because I feel there are more ways to help change your country and community besides simply voting. Does it help to vote, yes it does, but you can have an immediate impact on your community by doing a number of things like: mentoring, fundraisers, meals on wheels programs, workshops to educate about voting and more.
Another friend posted in defense of the non-voters stating:
"Don't make fun of those who didn't vote because they didn't believe it would make a difference; don't laugh at those who don't know what Super Tuesday is; don't chastise those who are ignorant to politics...use those moments to educate and encourage instead. Don't forget, there was once a time when you didn't know and currently a lot you still don't. And for those that are bullies and still make fun of people...I hope you step on a Lego."
I chose to agree with this statement because too many times we speak in reference to people and what they do or don't do without even knowing the reasons they may not be doing that "something". I personally didn't vote at the local/state level here in Dallas because I didn't know any of the candidates or I didn't have enough information to make an informed decision about any of the candidates outside of former Mayor Dwaine Caraway or Democratic politician John Wiley Price. Even if I did want to vote for either, after last week's confrontation at a local Dallas radio station I was turned off to both of the candidates. That's not to say they haven't done anything in the past to help out the local Dallas area, but the future didn't look bright with either of these two at the helm (in my opinion).
I spoke with a friend on this morning who voted on yesterday and she said after talking to several people, most of them said they were just there to vote for someone other than Trump to assure that he does not win. They didn't necessarily have a viable candidate, but just not Trump!
One thing that I would like to leave on the black communities plate is that you don't always have to vote Democratic just because your parents and grandparents voted that way. I know they saw some good done for our people under the leadership of JFK and Clinton but there was some bad that came under them as well, just like any candidate. Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton is apologizing right now to thousands of black men and women, mothers and fathers around this country for what her husband former POTUS Bill Clinton helped do to the black community with his "3 strikes rule", placing a lot of rehabilitated men and even innocent men back in prison. In some cases, that rule even added a target to the backs of black men.
So when voting, be knowledgeable, informed and intentional about your vote and don't just vote because of a traditional reason but because you see change in the candidate that you're voting for because the "American Dream" depends on it.