For those of you who saw my Facebook post, I indicated that I'd be speaking on my generations involvement in this years political campaign. For the majority of my life, I've been a spectator to politics and never truly decided to educate myself on the issues facing our country; mainly because I've been living comfortably due to my hardworking parents, in addition to the fact that I felt that my voice, as a minor, would not be heard or even taken seriously.
But now, I'm 19 and I'm beginning my journey to adulthood. It's easy to jump on the wave and say "Anybody but Trump" or "Go Bernie", but what do these candidates truly stand for? Are their goals realistic? Are they fit for the job?
Over this past week I did something I've never done before. I went on the candidates websites and looked into what these candidates truly stood for. Up until this point, all I ever knew about Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump was what I've seen on social media, whether it was short clips or memes. As the campaign continues on, I decided that it's time to see what this country is in for should any one of these people win the election.
First things first, I needed to decide what political party I belong to. It's also easy to just go along with my parents and be a Democrat - but what is a Democrat? A Republican? How do I feel about these issues and where do I stand?
So I wrote a list.
My list basically stated everything I'd like to see change in our country, what affects me personally in years to come and what I was most passionate about. Some things included:
There are a couple of issues that I haven't exactly formed an opinion on because I haven't been affected by it and therefore have no real stance. These issues include:
I do plan on doing my research and forming a stance on these issues and a few others.
For the most part, I just want to live in a country that encourages peace and actual democracy. A place where greed is abolished and suffering is minimal. A nation where the concept of humanity can actually be restored. It's horrible that there are people who still encourage separation in a country that was supposed to be built on unity and equal opportunity. It literally hurts my feelings to see that people welcome hatred and violence before peace and equality.
When the first settlers left Europe and came to America they sought a place free from religious oppression and here we are today oppressing those who praise the same God, just in a different way. Slavery was abolished YEARS ago, yet we continue to segregate ourselves. It's disturbing. I want to live in a place where I can freely be a young, Black, Agnostic, Caribbean, Woman making equal pay as a young, White, Christian, New York, Male, Homosexual and treated the same as a young, Indonesian, Muslim, Transgender. It doesn't matter what traits you possess, we are all humans and should be treated as such. Our gender, race, sexual orientation or whatever else should not define the way we receive treatment and it SUCKS that this is the way it is.
I want change, so I'm going to make it by voting for a candidate that reflects my ideal society - NOT someone who's funny or speaks their mind or entertains me. I also can't just do nothing and then complain should the country fall apart. My ancestors fought long and hard for me, a Black Woman, to be able to vote. So I'm going to do so.
Get educated and start making decisions. We are the creators of the framework for generations to come.
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