I find it completely ridiculous that the people that I have met who have been vocal about not voting, have been white men. This may be just my social bubble and FB news feed, but it does not lessen my disgust for those choosing to stand back and watch how this election will unfold without any voting input.
I understand that this election is scary, upsetting, and full of turmoil. I also understand that there are layers upon layers of systematic oppression and corruption in our government. Using this election as a symbol of everything that is wrong in our country and our first female nominee as a scapegoat, is taking the easy way out. We are here because of white oppression and the patriarchal society our country is built upon. Where were these “voting protesters” in the last two elections when Obama was elected? Do you really think the government was different then, or were you too scared to be called a racist for not voting? I am all for a progressive movement that changes policies to represent the most American citizens as possible. This does not happen overnight. By not voting, you are accepting the way things are now.
Voting is a PRIVILEGE.
We are still fighting for equal access to voting on Election Day. There are 868 fewer polling places this year than during the last presidential election. This is also the first election in 50 years that has not been protected by the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In Phoenix, AZ during this year’s primary election, voters waited in line for over five hours to vote. Many people had to leave the line due to the long waiting periods. As white men, you are over represented in policies and government protection. The fact that you have the leeway to not vote is an abuse of power as the dominant group.
When you do not vote as a white man, you are perpetuating white oppression. I find it baffling when white males choose not to vote, especially ones that think of themselves as allies with any minority group. With time comes progress in America, and every time there’s an opportunity to vote, there’s an opportunity to voice your opinions on job access, healthcare, police brutality, immigration law, and economic inequality that affect minority groups. If you are not voting, and you are still flapping your gap all around town, complaining about our country and the two most hated presidential nominees, I’m sorry, but you lose my respect. None of your opinions matter if you are not voting because you will not be represented in the outcome. Just give me one example when “voting protesters” created change.
Please stop whining and booing . . .
GET OUT AND VOTE.