🏛🗳 REACH out and VOTE 🗳🏛 The UnifiEd Student Voice Team Blog About Voting
Voting isn’t just an act of civic duty for me. It means I can uplift my voice and my concerns through the polls. It means that I can have a say-so in the election of future leaders. It means that I am a part...
of something much more significant than me.
Because I am a black female navigating the world, I’ve learned about my past to see how I can create a better future for myself. The long line of women who fought for my voting rights, combined with the long line of Black Americans who fought for my civil rights, is a constant reminder that voting is a privilege and not a right for me. So many people before me have died for the chance I have to vote. I feel like it would be a slap in the face to my ancestors if I choose to sit out on these elections.
Also, local elections are just as important as national elections. From the mayor who approves or denies mask mandates to the school board members who represent my county’s concerns, these elections directly affect my day-to-day life. Furthermore, equitable education is something I'm passionate about as a student and a person of color. If I have the chance to elect officials who support the same issues that I do, I’m going to take it.
Looking back at this past summer and seeing the modern revolution of civil rights in America was an eye-opener. There is an apparent disconnect between the people in power and marginalized groups in our country. The built-up frustration and anger from 400 years of mistreatment transpired into what we saw on our TVs, social media feed, and search engines earlier this year. While my one vote may not ever overturn the historically oppressive state of our country, I can be part of a collective voice that can have lasting effects for the future, and that is something I look forward to being part of.