Well, here we are! On the brink of another historic moment. Don’t fade on me yet! I know, for most people, this 2016 election cycle has been one of the most difficult for us to endure. With social media being such an important part of our everyday lives, at nauseam at times, we were updated with EVERY SINGLE thing these candidates did. You can choose to look at the negative side of things, or you can choose to look at the positive. I chose the latter.
I am actually grateful for social media throughout this campaign, because it brought to light some issues I may have otherwise missed. I have been able to engage in healthy debate with friends who have opposing views (#BernieOrBust folks) and I don’t take those conversations lightly. Side note: I am pretty sure I have some people who I consider friends who are voting for Trump, they just haven’t made me aware yet (Maybe they are embarrassed…I mean, I would be too!) . I have been able to engage with some of my favorite CNN commentators, Bakari Sellers, Angela Rye, Van Jones, Maria Cardona, Hilary Rosen and, yes, Ana Navarro (A Republican who just cast her vote for Hillary Clinton! Well in her words, not for Clinton but against Donald Trump. Either way, we will take it, lol.) Last, but certainly not least, I have been able to do research on Hillary Clinton and learn about her life. There is not a person on this planet who hasn’t made mistakes, however for some strange reason, we seem to think Hillary has made mistakes that she can NEVER recover from. I mean, she is human. However the work that she has done, when the cameras weren’t on her or when she wasn’t running for office, show me her true character. A woman who has fought for children and families her entire life! After finishing Law School, she could have gone to work for some fancy Law Firm, but instead she worked at the Children’s Defense Fund. She went undercover in inner-city schools to make sure minority children were receiving an education comparable to their suburban counterparts. She is not afraid to say that #BlackLivesMatter nor is she afraid to acknowledge we all have implicit biases. As a black woman, that matters to me.
Now, I understand some people still have their reservations about #Hillz. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I respect that. It is my duty, however, to enlighten people on why Donald Trump can NEVER be our president. In your opinion HRC may have done some things that are indefensible, like the whole email server thing, and the superpredator comment, both of which she has acknowledged she was wrong and apologized. I get it, those are my least favorite things about Hillary. But I respect the fact that she can admit the mistake and not repeat the same thing. Donald Trump, on the other hand, has literally insulted EVERY group of Americans in the most horrific way. As Americans, we cannot elect a president who mocks the disabled, disrespects POWs, calls Mexican Immigrants murderers & rapists, admits to sexually assaulting women, proposed a ban on Muslims based on their religion, says that black people are all living in poverty and can’t walk down the street without fear of getting shot. This man has perpetuated and revived some of the most racist views we as Americans have fought so hard to overcome. Most Trump supporters acknowledge that they don’t like what he says or don’t agree with most of what he says. Yet by voting for him, don’t they realize that they are affirming every hurtful thing he has said?
Now don’t get it twisted, NOT voting or even a protest vote, is in fact a vote for Donald Trump. The reality is, this race has gotten closer than it ever should have been, but Gary Johnson or Jill Stein will not be your next president. Especially for my black brothers and sisters who are thinking about not voting, we have come WAY to far to become apathetic. Yes, we have made progress in electing the 1st African American President (I love me some President Barack Obama and yes, Michelle too!), however now is not the time to get complacent.
In case you have forgotten just how far we have come…
I don’t know about you, but I am fired up more than ever. Nothing and no one will ever stifle my voice and keep me from voting!
Unlike my girl, Ana Navarro, I will not just be voting against Trump, rather, I am voting FOR Hillary Rodham Clinton! I am voting for my future and my children’s future (whenever God blesses me with some little ones, lol). I am voting for Criminal Justice Reform. I am voting for everyone to have the right to go to college and not end up in lifelong debt. I am voting for livable wages and equal pay for women. I am voting for climate change. There are lots of things that are important to me, however the most important thing, for me, is character. I am voting for someone I believe is a decent human being. I trust her. I trust that HRC has my back and will build on the progress that President Obama has made. I am confident she will work day and night to make sure our country is safe and continue to make America the greatest country in the world!
This is how #HRC got here.
Now, you may have read this and it didn’t change your view one way or the other. That is fine. However, I needed to fulfill my obligation to do everything in my power to make sure hate doesn’t win on Tuesday!
America is great because America is good! United we stand. Divided we fall. We are truly #StrongerTogether and that is why #ImWithHer!
Will you join me in making #HERstory?!
P.S. If you have not already voted, make sure to vote tomorrow, Tuesday, 11/8. Check out iwillvote.com for information regarding your polling location and their times of operation.