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Democracy! [06 November 2012]

6 Nov

Okay, as is always the case when my posting is spotty…I am having laptop problems. =_= But today is important to me, so I had to make sure that I posted no matter what!

I am twenty years old, so if you can count, you realize that this is the first presidential election that I can vote in. And as females and PoC always state – so many people have fought and died and protested so that I could giggle as I wrote in Master Chief for New York State senate that it would be an absolute insult to them for me not to vote.

All jokes aside, I felt like it was my senior prom all over again. This night has been talked about for months, expectations were high, excitement was high, and I had four different patriotic outfits planned out for today. Seriously. I had a gorgeous red dress with a blue cardigan, blue slacks with a white shirt and red tie, my Bruce Springsteen “Born in the USA” shirt with jeans, or my Captain America t-shirt with jeans. I went with the Captain America shirt.

After hearing for months about how women and minorities could determine the results of the election, I actually got to participate in that process and make my voice KNOWN. It can be argued that because New York is traditionally a blue state and is guaranteed to President Obama – my voice doesn’t really matter and my vote was not important. There is some truth to that statement. But it would be possible – strange, but possible – for Mitt Romney to win to popular vote in NY and get our electoral college’s votes. And because I am a black woman and my demographic’s voice in this country is still relatively young, it will always be important for me to take part in democratic practices in this country. Always.

I was never around for the protests and the marches. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Martin Luther King Jr. all died long before I was concieved. Yet in this particular election, there have been people who actually have had the nerve to question the rights of people like me. Minorities who are legitimately registered to vote have been turned away at the polls and harassed by Americans who claim to be interested in “voter integrity”. The stakes were high in this election and I am so grateful that I was able to vote and that my vote will be counted. Even if it is just a drop in the bucket – my voice will be heard.

Make sure you go out and VOTE, people! Or all of the complaining will have been for nothing. (Even if you do write-in a video game character for one of the categories).

– Kai xxx