Election day is tomorrow, and I hope you have either voted early/absentee, or plan to get to the polls tomorrow and cast your ballot.
If you’ve been paying any attention to politics over the past few months, you would know that the entire country’s eyes are glued to the Beto-Cruz senate race in Texas, the Abrams-Kemp gubernatorial race in Georgia, and the Gillum-DeSantis gubernatorial race in Florida. These races have both big historical and political implications. If Stacey Abrams wins Georgia, she will become the first black woman to be elected governor of any state. All three elections are also key for the democrats taking back political offices in the Senate and House of Representatives, which has been dubbed the “Blue Wave.”
Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum have enlisted the star power of celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Will Ferrell, and Rihanna to promote their campaigns through social media and door-to-door canvasing. Imagine Oprah Winfrey knocking on your door!
I won’t guilt anyone by saying that our ancestors died for the right to vote, so you have an obligation to show up to the polls. Because in actuality, they died for our right to choose whether or not we wanted to vote. I will however say, that when black people show up to the polls our candidates win. Just look back to Obama in 2008 and 2012. Record numbers of African Americans and young voters showed up and made it happen. It’s hard to ignore the state of our government, right now. You’ve seen the headlines. You’ve seen the foolery. You can make a difference by getting up and heading to your nearest polling location and casting your vote for change. Don’t listen to people who say that our votes don’t matter. They do! In Georgia, Kemp has been trying to purge black voters from the registration rolls. Why? Because he is scared of the power we have to unseat him. Use it!
Get out, use your power and go vote!