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Why is that that those who don’t see a future in any presidential candidate are always looked down upon? Why are people shamed into voting?
By “shamed into voting” I mean that they are often threatened by the worse possible outcome such as:
“If you don’t vote, TRUMP WILL WIN”
Or even: “If you don’t vote, you better not complain!”
Well wait a minute, when did choosing not to vote revoke your ability to criticize your government? You can critique the evil and cruel ways of your government without casting your vote for the one who sits in the seat of that government. Those who don’t vote are not responsible for the win of a toxic candidate.
Also, why has this election in particular been a race against Trump regardless of any problematic actions of other candidates? I’ve seen people post things that say if Bernie Sanders doesn’t make it, vote for Hillary no matter what. So we are just going to ignore her hand in damaging a lot of people of color just so Trump won’t get into office? We are going to
ignore the nations she helped to destroy? I’m not saying that Trump will be good for us, I mean just look at my previous articles about him. I am saying, that the objective of this election is now to make sure Trump won’t go inside the White House… even if the other candidates are just as toxic.
Also, dear fellow black people: Stop using our ancestors to get us to vote. You know exactly what I’m talking about. That whole “The ancestors died to vote, so you have to or else they died for nothing.” That’s an actual quote I’ve seen on Instagram. And it’s so sad. Too many times the ancestors are used as props to shame us into voting.
My opinion is that as much as I respect the very contributions of the ancestors that fought for liberation and equality, I don’t think they would be so happy that we disregard the policies of those who want to run the country. And if you haven’t noticed, we are still dying under every president we voted for since the civil rights movement. What exactly changed besides the removal of “Whites Only” signs in public?
I get you want to honor the ancestor’s contributions and struggles, but who and what exactly are you voting for? Satan or Lucifer? Do they have your best interest? Are they extremely problematic? You can’t just vote for whoever in the name of the ancestors. That’s disrespectful.
If you want to vote,please go ahead and do so. It’s literally your choice.
However, don’t trip when someone doesn’t want to. A lot of people actually don’t want anything to do with government because of the injustice it has done for hundreds of years. Can you really blame them?
(Follow Nzinga Muhammad on Twitter @QueenNzinga13)