They Don’t Care About Our Votes, Either

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Vote for whoever you like, I like, anyone like. So long as who you like represents what you like politically (for the most part). Don’t just vote for the person you like, but the person who represents what you believe your local, state, and federal government should represent. We the people must push our representatives to represent us, or else we have what we continue to have now. Don’t just vote to say you voted. (I said it). Yes, ancestors who were my brethren and intellectual antecedents fought hard for the right to vote in this country to begin with, but the downside of that is that we’re voting in the same people who incarcerate the very people who need to vote in droves, deporting our brethren, killing our brethren, dispossessing our brethren, and dehumanizing our brethren. It’s not men vs. women, race against race. It’s that, as much as I love this country and the people I’ve met, I also can’t stand by and let people like me and you come under constant interrogation for the things we believe about the ideologies of this country and the human potential here.

Others take a different view. In other words, they don’t care about us.

Jose, who understands risk well …

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José Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist. For more of my writing, buy my book This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, on sale now.

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  1. Geny C.

    Thank you Jose! I recently mentioned to a friend that I have not voted since the 2004 elections. She looked at me with such horror and indignation, you would’ve thought I’d just kicked a puppy while high fiving Hitler. I’m sorry State Senate/Congress/President, but I just don’t believe in you. Unfortunately my interests are not backed by international corporations, I don’t have special interest lobbyists or any leverage to help fight my causes. I don’t believe in the system. Even the most well meaning candidates have to work through the system, they need money, they need connections, they need influence. Call me a skeptic, but I stopped believing that there is one magic candidate that will fix the country.

  2. Kimberly

    I agree, the country was bought years ago by the corporations and the voting basically voting for who you want to be puppets for the corporations. I also agree that it is irresponsible to vote without thought. “American Blackout” and “Hacking Democracy” were two of the most eyeopening docos ever, but they will never be mainstream because the people who run the country don’t want you to see them, AND we have been so brainwashed into the whole “american good guy, land of the free, home of the brave” that many refuse to believe anything else. When these old systems fail, we can build something new.

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