This election season has given me and possibly many of you a serious case of P.A.D (Political Affective Disorder). However, unlike you, my P.A.D. wasn’t caused the mudslinging of the presidential candidates or the endless political television ads. It was caused by my fellow melanated people aka people of color aka Black folk. It grieves my spirit daily to see my social media timelines filled with statuses by my people talking about not voting in this years the general election.
Trust me I get it. Our choices for the highest office in the land are less that favorable, but unfortunately that was the hand we were dealt. Remember, this election goes way beyond who may or may not occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue come January 2017. We as people need to be concerned about who will occupy the House and the Senate in the new year. Those are the women and men who make and enact the laws that will affect you and me.
Now to my “woke” folks out here shouting “Black Lives Matter”: sadly many of you have such a myopic view of our current political climate that you are too asleep to see that we as people of color are in a serious political fight for our lives. And miss me with the “the Republicans and Democrats don’t do anything to help the Black community”. My question to you is what have you done to help your community? Stop sitting by the window waiting for your 40 acres and mule. That horse dead and you need to stop beating it.
We as people only gained the right to vote 51 years ago when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law in 1965. Up until then the 15th Amendment of the Constitution had prohibited us from voting. Our great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents were jailed and killed for our right to vote, and for you to say that you’re not going to vote is an insult to their not only to their memory but to the struggle as whole.
So, if Black lives and Black communities really matter to you, let your voice be heard on November 8. If not … No vote. No Voice.