It has been 25 days since the election, and I continue to encounter people of color who proudly announce that they did not vote. While I applaud their intention, to them I say, bad form. I am pissed…and let me tell you why…
Basic truth about this country: The government and political systems are skewed, bias, sexist, prejudice, etc.
Most citizens are happy to turn a blind eye to this, and then there are those of us who claim to be WOKE. My question to you is, how woke are you really when you can’t see that voting is in the best interest of the collective good?
At the end of the day, if you are WOKE, and conscious of the social, economic, and political war that constantly rages in the U.S.; then you have a responsibility to hold down the fort until the rest of our brethren wake the hell up as well.
Whether we like it or not, we still live within the system, and the system affects the lives of many. So, I vote because that vote could decide if my brothers and sisters can afford healthcare. I vote because my vote could mean that my fellow womankind wont lose their right to choose. I vote because of MLK, Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, etc. I vote because my vote could mean that families wouldn’t be torn apart by a system that is based solely n greed and profit.
I just don’t get it. In my mind you can’t be anti-establishment and not be for the people. I am aware of the irony in this situation. It’s a paradox. At the end of the day, until the system is overturned we have to find a way to fight back and still live within it’s confines. Some of us are meant to be revolutionaries. We are meant to be on the front lines fighting and advancing the movement. Some of us are meant to be protected and covered by that movement. As a revolutionary I understand that everything I say and do is for the advancement of us all. So I vote, because until we are treated equally and humanely, I have a responsibility to my brothers and sisters. I must do my part to ensure they are covered until there is no need to take cover.