It Matters Because You Matter by Tasha Moore
For decades, African Americans in the United States have had to fight for civil rights. Historically, this country has considered African Americans less than human, which has continued our fight. Today as a millennial, it saddens me that African Americans face the tragic reality that history always repeats now more than ever. It is 2020, yet we STILL face voter suppression as we prepare for the polls. The constitution of the United States ensures all American citizens the right to vote, but state to state that isn’t the case. Furthermore, 2020 has continued to reveal through protests, civil disobedience, and police brutality that we are becoming endangered as Lady Justice undergoes CPR. All our freedoms and rights are literally on the line at the polls.
Retrospectively I recall listening to the stories of my mother who was born in Mississippi in the 50s, and my father, who is a retired veteran and a preacher. I know firsthand and have also heard of the trauma from the Jim Crow era, and the discrimination African Americans faced in the military. Among many other reasons, my decision to vote during this election comes from my understanding of the civil rights and the woman’s suffrage movements that raddled women at their core to STAND UP when we were counted out. I watched Obama get elected, and I never thought I would see the day, but I did. I never thought I would become an advocate in the civil rights movement, but my heroes boast names such as Mary McLeod Bethune, Sojourner Truth, Dr. King, James Baldwin, and the late Rep. John Lewis. If it weren’t for folx like these, I wouldn’t be voting now. So, at the very least, I urge you to vote for the sake of tomorrow’s child. Even if you aren’t a parent, someone’s child will be thankful that you voted in this election. It very well may be the ONLY reason that child may have the opportunity to vote later. YOUR VOTE MATTERS because YOU HAVE ALWAYS MATTERED to this country. Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise.
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