Vote Nov. 6 as though your lives depended on it
President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Tuesday’s vote will decide who steers the nation through 2020 As the nation focuses on the upcoming midterm elections on Tuesday, Nov. 6, it is imperative that we re-educate ourselves
President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act in 1965.
Tuesday’s vote will decide who steers the nation through 2020
As the nation focuses on the upcoming midterm elections on Tuesday, Nov. 6, it is imperative that we re-educate ourselves to why voting is so important, especially in the minority community; bottom line people have died over the right to vote.
Since voters and nonvoters both live in their own bubble of information, I am sure many still do not know Donald Trump did not win the popular vote. He actually lost by over three million votes and only won the electoral college vote by 107,33 from three swings states that Obama won in 2008 and 2012. How did that happen?
According to the US census a record 137.5 million Americans voted in the 2016 presidential election. The black voter turnout rate declined for the first time in 20 years in a presidential election, falling to 59.6 percent in 2016, after reaching a record-high 66.6 percent in 2012. Blacks, Latinos, Asians, and other ethnic minorities accounted for 26.7 percent of voters in 2016, a share unchanged from 2012 while White votes remained the same as 2012.
New voting restrictions in predominantly Republican-controlled states and districts are aimed at assuring African Americans and other minorities either do not vote in the midterms or are dissuaded to vote by putting so many roadblocks in the way.
We shouldn’t have been so naive in thinking that the election of the first Black president was going to bring about a deeper respect between White and Black Americans, as we now see right before our eyes the ideals and principles of racial harmony that Obama represented actually divided two generations of voters the baby boomers and the millennials.
Older White baby boomers are more than likely to vote in a midterm election and on average most of these voters historically have been Republican. That is how Republicans won the 2010 takeover of the house and 2014 Senate. This anger and resentment against people of color go all the way back to the 1700s racism at its core, it is this hate and disdain for “those people” that gave our once free nation a tyrant of evil named Donald Trump.
Every opportunity to vote should be taken advantage by those who are the descendants of men and women who did not enjoy this right. It is paramount that this midterm election is won by as many Democrats as possible and that the House and the Senate be controlled by men and women who actually love this nation and believe in the founding principles — that “All men and women are created equal.”
Vote Nov. 6 like your life and loved ones lives depend on it, because this time it really does, and come 2024 the nation that was progressing to a positive harmonious future will never come to fruition and concentration camps will be not a thing of the past but near future.
Gerard Thomas lives and writes in Los Angeles.