It’s Election Day, and I’m anxious AF. The last time I felt this anxious about an Election was on Tuesday November 4th, 2008. It was the good kind of anxiety though. A hopeful, exciting, optimistic kind of anxiety. I was about to cast my vote for the first Black President of the United States and I was hyped. I can still see the long lines spanning two blocks outside of the school. And I remember my heart feeling full as I watched families out in numbers, voting together, taking in this historic moment that we were all privileged to be a part of. We all knew something big was about to happen, and that night it did.
“Voting is not only our right—it is our power.” ~Loung Ung
Fast forward ten years to today, it’s the Midterm Election — and again I’m nervous. But my anxiety is of a different kind. It’s a fearful, worried, apprehensive kind of anxiety. These past two years have left me drained and despondent. Some days I feel scared and hopeless. Some days I feel angry. Most days though, I just feel sad. It’s a sadness that I can’t quite describe in words. It’s sort of like this dark cloud looming in my peripheral, slowly trying to erase all the hope, optimism and pride I felt with the last presidency. Yep, I’m anxious, scared, angry, sad…all those things. But today I am still optimistic.
Why I’m Voting
As an Immigrant and as a Black Woman, my civil rights are at stake. Believe me, I do not take this lightly. None of us should. I have watched the “leader” of this country denigrate people of color, women, the LGBTQ community and immigrants. I’ve listened to his hateful rhetoric, watched him make fun of the disabled, and call African and Caribbean countries shitholes. I’ve heard all his racist dog whistles. And I’ve watched him lie about everything and everyone, everyday of his presidency. I also realize that I cannot depend on the current congress to be a check and balance on this leadership. So I am voting today, because my LIFE and my FUTURE depend on it.
Get Out and Vote
I urge all of you to get out and vote today. Vote like your rights depend on it because they do.
- The Women in your life.
- Your children, think about the America you want them to live in.
- The candidates that actually care about your issues.
- The people who didn’t have the opportunity, but who died so you can have this right.
- Affordable healthcare.
- More common sense gun control.
- Better wages for Teachers.
- Climate change legislation.
- A free press.
- A united not divided America.
- All the issues that matter to you.
- We are so much better than what we’re seeing right now.
- America is supposed to be a Beacon of Hope. And right now…this ain’t it.
- Your vote really does matter. Especially now.
“Bad officials are elected by good citizens who don’t vote.” ~George Nathan