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A WORD ABOUT OUR RIGHT TO VOTE AND ITS RELEVANCE

October 16, 2012 by mytruesense

 

A WORD ABOUT OUR RIGHT TO VOTE AND ITS RELEVANCE

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October 16, 2012 by mytruesense

With the United States’ Presidential election now 22 days away, we all hear the common refrain reserved especially for times like this: “Our people fought and died for the right to vote, and we do our ancestors a disservice if we don’t.” If one of us brave souls dares to express skepticism about going to the ballot box we hear the equally common “Well if you don’t vote, you don’t have the right to complain.” Because I believe such statements are misleading, inaccurate, and potentially damaging to understand our role in paving the way for Black empowerment, I’m devoting some time here to address the issue.

My premise is that voting is one of many important citizenship rights we have, and arguably not the one that Black people spent most of their energy fighting for or utilizing.  A survey of history will demonstrate that the primary things we “fought and died for” included being recognized as United States citizens; having our citizenship rights and privileges enforced and protected; having the artificial barrier of race removed in any evaluation of our ability; being free to fairly compete for employment, education, business, and other opportunities for “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”; being protected from mob attack, lynching, or various forms of white intimidation and physical brutality.

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