Data News Weekly went across the City to speak to some of its young people; to get their views on the election and the issues that are important to them.
I believe this country needs a president that can usher in a guide to freedom for everyone. Being a Black educated gender non-conforming person in America, so much is at stake for me in this election. I want a president that will continue fighting for equity and freedom of the LGBTQ+ community especially Black trans women. I want a president that will start the work to dismantle America’s racist foundation. I want a president that can help students in debt. It is important to vote because of representation matters. We should all vote for who we believe can be the best representation of the United States of America.
As a young Black man in America I feel like it’s more important than ever for us to make a stance in this election. We are the ones who are being targeted more today than ever before. The Jim Crows of our forefathers are trying to make a comeback under the disguise of Mother Liberty. Just as our ancestors before us, started a chain reaction of better days for our people; when they used their power of the right to vote. Black Americans were chained and whipped and hanged. Spit on for trying to sit at lunch counters and beaten for trying to vote.
We must not squander our right to vote. The most important issue to me in this election is the stance our political leaders take on Black Americans.
I think there is a simple reason why people should vote. When people vote, they vote for whom they think is the best person to be in office. They are voting to choose what is best for their future and choose for those after them who will one day have the right to vote. I am a sixteen-year-old African American young lady. I cannot vote yet. I feel like the responsibility to vote must be chosen, especially by African Americans. When Blacks do not vote, it is a slap in the face to those who came before them who fought and died for the right to vote. So please, for my future and yours, VOTE. It is needed now more than ever.
This election will most likely be the most important in my lifetime.
Sure, Biden’s no saint. However, as Black folk, we can’t do things like vote third party, or “cast our vote for the future” – because if we don’t vote, and vote SMART, then the future might not come. For White folks, they’re essentially OK either way, due to good ol’ privilege.
To those who doubt that Biden is the lesser of evils, consider that you are comparing Biden from many years ago, to 45, who CURRENTLY will not denounce White supremacy on national television. Remember, his support is “standing back & standing by” – so a vote for Kanye (who’s being tricked to separate Biden’s voters), third party or none at all, is a vote for Trump.
One thing I am concerned about during this year’s election is health care for our economy. As we go through this Pandemic; we need people who think about low-income communities just how they feel about privileged communities. We need people in office who don’t react off of emotion. We need people that believe not only about themselves but everyone. People should get out and vote because this doesn’t just affect one person. It affects everyone. Leaders from the past fought a long and hard fight to get to where we are to use our voices, and we have to
carry on that legacy, not just for us but for future generations.