Do Your Part:
With midterm elections looming, this is the moment when droves of people stress, beg, and plead for you to vote for their candidate. A few weeks ago a political group came to the university which I attend, Prairie View A&M University, to register and encourage the student body to exercise our constitutional rights and vote in the upcoming election. While the woman was speaking to the crowd, one fellow student muttered under his breath “give me one good reason I should vote.” This is my attempt to address that particular student, and others who have that same query.
I believe we should vote because we have an obligation to our ancestors who fought for us to have these rights. During Jim Crow our great grand parents and grandparents faced unspeakable adversity and prejudice. We have all seen the images of the civil rights movement: water hoses, dogs, and night sticks were tools used to keep black people in their “place.” They fought and suffered for their right to vote and be active in the political process. But they did not just suffer for themselves. They suffered for future generations of African-Americans.
In the last five decades, since the Voting Rights Act of 1965, there have been significant changes to the American landscape. For example, an African American man is the most powerful man on earth. Recently, I exercised my rights and went to early vote. As I got out of my vehicle and walked up to the polling place I could feel the connection I have with my grandmother and grandfather who fought so vigorously so I could enjoy all of the rights and privileges that I have today. I exercised my right and fulfilled my obligations. On Tuesday November 4th, will you?