This is a cry, and a stream of consciousness for readers to take SERIOUSLY.
This isn't a post here to bash our political system, or bash Republican candidates.
This is a post to allow readers to critical think.
LET'S DO MATH!!!!
According to the Center for Voting and Democracy, 59% of the population turned out to vote in the last election. Compared to countries such as Chile, Austria, and Sweden, this is fairly low! I mean that leaves 41% of people silenced when it comes to a say in how our public policies changes.
Of that 59%, 66% of voters in the 2012 election were Black, 48% were Hispanic, and 47% were Asian. Keep in mind that while 64% of White Americans turned out (I guess they just didn't feel like showing up to the Black President hype affair), 80% of congress includes White males, and 92% of congress are Christians.
So I'm chilling with my friends and we're ALWAYS talking about societal shit...
When I'm at home in the Bronx, I question why welfare workers are putting strenuous requirements on welfare recipients? (if you don't have a parent on welfare, know that going to welfare is like a job within itself, but more on that later.)
How come some neighborhoods get nice things, and others don't?
It all boils down to politics people!
Above us, well not literally, but above the decisions that are made in our everyday lives, are people who make even bigger decisions that indirectly, or directly affects our way of living.
I didn't really understand that until I was placed in foster care, and went away to college.
I am a person who likes things done quickly and correctly. I also am a person who doesn't like to take crooked paths. I go about things the way I "should", or how I am told it's suppose to be done and then wait for results. So when I submitted my paper works for my room and board at college to be paid for, and didn't have my room and board paid for, I was bewildered.
How if I did everything I was supposed to do correctly, did I not get my room and board paid for? On top of that, there was a worker basically say "oh well, better luck next time", when I told her that I paid with loans for something they were obligated to pay for.
So I gave up. I got discouraged. I didn't argue, question, or revisited the situation. I just stood angry in silence.
I believe this is what's happening with our youth, and unmotivated voters.
I get it. Shit doesn't feel like it's changing. Somewhere in our political discourse, the signals got crossed and Presidents were using their power to focus on other things besides the people. As a nation, we've experienced war, scandals, corruption, "misinformation", and basically a strategic mindfuck of things that our four Founding Fathers didn't envision happening when we gained independence is 1776.
As a matter of fact, the same reasons that voters may not vote for, is the same reasons why we fought for independence from the British empire. And yet, a few hundreds of years later, we find ourselves under similar circumstances, if not worse due to advancements and evolution.
SO.. Where Are You Getting At With This?
Back to my room and board dilemma, I brought up the issue with my mother, because it was still weighing heavy on my conscious, and she was like, "NO! THAT'S NOT RIGHT!"
When my Mom agrees with me, I get fired up. It's something about when West Indian women speak, maybe the conviction in their tone, that just makes you want to act. ANYWAY, I hit up my lawyer and talked it through with her.
Then when she finally understood what I was saying, she told her other lawyer colleagues, and began working on getting this problem resolved.
Did it take a lot of back and forth, clarification, huffing and puffing, and frustration? Yes.
Was it worth it? Yaa DAAAAAAMN RIGHT!
No loans = Less money I have to spend in the future.
All that to say, we need to come to some consensus as individuals, as neighbors, as citizens, and as a nation. How dare I say, "I hate America", but still reap the benefits of being an American? How dare I say that I belong to a country where the people have the power, but don't exercise that power or privilege as a U.S. citizen? If this is truly the land of the free and the home of the brave, why are people choosing to be politically restraint, and scared to exercise their power?
As young folks, we have visions that aren't clouded by bills, and responsibilities, and we have an open and fresh perspective to things that we see happening. In an era where we are moving at a faster pace, and beginning to create opportunities for a progressive society, we can't let some let people who doesn't have our best interest at heart run, or someone who isn't keeping our nations best interest (which might be a bigger question of) in mind!
If we don't start participating in our political system, if we don't take advantage of our democracy, then things are going to start looking ugly.
CC: The many economic downturns, the Great depression, genocides, famine, anarchy, etc.
Look it up people, history doesn't lie.