To Vote or Not to Vote: But No Seriously, Go Vote

Nov. 3 is the presidential election date and it’s upsetting me and my homegirls that some of you still aren’t registered. So many out there are spreading this narrative that “my vote doesn’t matter” and it bothers me that of all messages one could spread, this is the hill they choose to die on. That rhetoric is tired and has a very defeatist tone. Black people, we’re stronger than that.

I’m not writing this to bore you to death, lecture you, or even tell you who to vote for. All I’m saying is vote. Don’t just vote in November, vote every time there is an upcoming election, whether it’s for mayor, governor, or senate. You say your vote doesn’t matter because you aren’t voting for the right things or the right reasons.

Don’t vote because I’m telling you to or for the sake of saying you did it. Vote because our ancestors died for our right to. Social media loves the saying “we are not our ancestors” and they are absolutely right. We are nothing like them. As hard as they fought for the rights and freedoms that we neglect today, we could never touch them. Being a black woman, it’s like my ancestors died twice.

The lines are going to be long lines, the temperature will be cold, and there’s a chance you’re going to be triggered by campaign signs and shirts. But, it’s all temporary. I’m not trying to be dramatic, but this is bigger than us. I understand feeling defeated. Especially when in the 2016 election, Donald Trump lost to the people but won the electoral college. It seems rigged. Like always as black people, the odds seem stacked against us. But, now is not the time to say “poor me” and throw in the towel.

If you think voting is pointless, fine. You are allowed to believe whatever you want to. But for those that are reading this and feeling a change in attitude: Vote for those who can’t. Vote for those that have voices that deserve to be heard. Vote for the LGBTQ+ community that won’t have a fighting chance in Trump’s America. Vote for women who deserve their right to choose among other things. Vote for the Breonna Taylor’s and Rayshard Brooks’ of the world that don’t deserve to be shot and killed by police officers. Vote because there are lives out there that depend on it.