All This Time, We Thought We Were Progressing
There has been a lot of history made over these past few weeks of 2017. We’ve watched a country go from spending 8 years fighting for equality for all and uniting with nations that we never thought could align with the United States, to now watching a war develop on our own soil.
Roughly 200 days later, we’re wondering whether we are going to be faced with a World War III or Civil War II. We’ve gone from being fueled by unity and hope to segregation and hate. We have a president who has been acknowledged as the reason why this hate is growing; some people who voted for him now feel welcomed to openly spread their cruelty because their president has done the same.
Whether scrolling through Twitter, checking my Instagram feed or just casually flipping through channels, odds are my jaw will drop because of some foolery. All this time, we thought we were progressing, not knowing that this hate was hiding. I still find it somewhat perplexing why the current President’s supporters had hid their apparently real feelings until now. Hearing and seeing their feelings on what has been termed “fake news”, is actually scary and becoming frightening to be Black in America, again.
With so much hate, this is why I vote
America is shifting farther and farther away from “the land of the free”; well, we actually can’t drift too far away from a land that was never truly free. From a land with its natives being tricked out of and stripped of their land, it’s amazing to see today’s faces that are fighting over mineral, water and oil rights of “their” land.
Had these individuals taken the time to enroll into a basic history course, they’d discover that the soil belongs to Native Americans. That, the land that they are trying to “purify” starts with removing themselves because they, through their ancestors, were the invaders. There was nothing “robbed” of them and therefore nothing belongs to them; I mean, NATIVE is the name for the true owners.
These thieves are one reason why I vote. They may have stripped people of their land and resources, they may have brought people here against their will and make slaves of them, but they can’t contain our voices. Yes, all of this is unfair and we have to be more mindful, but it’s really hard to have a filter when so much hate is being spewed out. You REALLY expect me to say NOTHING at all? If I didn’t live a black life, then it might be a tad bit easier to be quiet, but no.
I watch how amazing of a dancer my cousin is, watch his talents grow over time and ask him to teach me at least twice a week. My other cousin is working on submitting college applications and deciding on what she wants to get her degree in. I know I’m only a few years older than them, but, I vote so when they turned 18, it would push them to vote too. I want to spread the thought that voting can make progressive change, notwithstanding what they see today. That we, as citizens of America, with the power of our voting actions, can trickle down progression to the following generations. Votes are the one thing that gets heard the loudest, and it is my hope that these next times to vote will leave the hate in the past.
A few votes are weak, but a collection is strong
When we unite as one, we can see the benefits it has on the land that we live on. What makes the voting system so great is that a united citizenry has a “fair” chance of it working in their favor. Now, the reason why I say “fair” is because of this little inevitable occurrence called corruption. There will always be someone or group trying to manipulate the voice of the people, potentially sabotaging the vote outcome. However, if enough people with the same goals come together, they end up receiving what they asked for. If not, the unthinkable can occur. For example, in the 2016 presidential election, a high percentage of people were in disbelief about how many individuals actually believed the words of the Republican candidate, and did not exercise their right. Therefore, there was not enough of showing of support as there was for our former President Obama. People didn’t take the power of the vote more seriously, and now we are paying for it.
So, I will take advantage of the ballot
In the year 2020, I not only want to push myself to vote, but to produce actions that will move others to do the same. I can’t change the United States on my own; even if I was appointed as president, I would still need people to move with me. The greatest influencers of the world all had one thing in common: supporters. Whether the movement was positive or negative, hope or anger, love or hate, the influencer was so productive because of his or her support system.
Yes, we do live within a world that one person is the representative of the voice of many, but, that doesn’t mean we can’t have a say in who our voice is. I vote because until I am able to act as the voice of many, I will make sure that my representative is one with a voice for all.
Join me in this act, to exercise your right to vote, and to assist those who need support to be able to vote as well. Our country deserves every woman’s voice!