Stop the disillusionment and use your Constitutional Right

In light of the memorial of Civil Rights Activist John Lewis, it befittingly serves that Trump should challenge the sacred institution of American voting. While this revolution, this third civil rights movement is being televised, it would appear that oppositional public outcry of the divisive tactics of liberals and antiracists only breeds more division. But, we must acknowledge that America is in its origins and practices divisive.

It is our voice that is different and revolutionary.

The existence of differences is part of what innately unites us. While we champion our freedom of speech and assembly, let us not ignore that our country’s motto itself, E pluribus unum, speaks of collective differences joining together to create something stronger, better. The level of code that Trump employs is simple: he does not want the Black community to vote. He does not want the LGBTQ+ community to vote. He does not want the Indigenous community, Latino/a community, nor the Asian community to have the accessibility to voting. It is our voice that is different and revolutionary.

a tyrant is threatening your American rights and your human rights

John Lewis marched along a bridge to bring voting accessibility to those who were being threatened for wanting to speak. It is during a pandemic, while fear runs rampant of a virus that can leave lasting damage in the same way that other viruses have exhibited in the past, that Trump while clutching his flashlight in the darkened room aims to dimly illuminate the “monster” that still exist in America: the minority voice. While shameful that I have to dedicate writing space to this matter, a tyrant is threatening your American rights and your human rights. He has exhibited a hierarchy in misinformation and intelligence. A spineless pandering to those that are of similarity to him with the claim that others seek to be divisive ignores the America that we attempt to reinvigorate with new breath and actual freedom for all.

…it’s about being informed in what you choose to cast your vote for as well as who it will affect.

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Your power, the strength of your fight, lies within your differences. But it’s about more than voting, it’s about being informed in what you choose to cast your vote for as well as who it will affect. While there is power in what makes you, you, there is significant power in your ability to empathize with someone that may be experiencing a more difficult circumstance than you. Who is the outsider that is being silenced? How can you align your presence to be there for not only yourself but also for them? John Lewis was willing to be killed for another person’s right to vote.

Good morning, tyranny is here and your vote is your weapon

There are many pro-Second Amendment advocates that insist that we need the tools to stand against the government should they become tyrants towards its people. Good morning, tyranny is here and your vote is your weapon. The fate of the people’s livelihood should not be dictated by a tyrant so imbued with hatred that you are paralyzed to inactivity and silence. Doubting whether the capability of political officials can carry out what is best for your community is negated by your inability to cast a ballot in favor of the very officials who are to serve you. Perfectly imperfect as it is, the existence of checks and balances within the American political system should far supersede conspiracy theorists that equally aim to nullify voting actions.

I explore the intersectionality of race and culture from a humanistic lens. Host of The Renegade Professor Podcast.

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