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Why criticizing people who vote is annoying

November 5, 2018

Listen, I get it, working within a system that wasn't built for people of color is and always has been difficult, but to what alternative? Not voting? The revolution? Let me be absolutely clear - if we're going to stay in this country, the ONLY way to change the system is to vote people into office who will change it. Outside of that you got 2 more options; 1. go to war or 2. leave and build a new society. Revolution is war. Period. Such an endeavor is to risk a real genocide of our people in victory OR defeat. You're ready for that?

 

You, who can barely manage to persevere in the face of the most mundane instances of racism will survive the war to dismantle and rebuild the United States? You, who cannot fight, cannot wield a weapon, and for all intents and purposes cannot defend yourself, will survive in the environment of lawlessness born out of the vacuum created by the government's collapse? Something's not adding up; either you're overestimating yourself or underestimating the endeavor.

 

The revolution isn't coming, but these midterms are. While you're twiddling your thumbs thinking about how after the revolution you're going to form a sustainable commune instead of prepping yourself and your squad to vote, Mr. Klansman and Mr. Neo-Nazi already got their people ready to hit the ballot box. You want to change the world you live in right now? Vote. Major reforms are not possible without people who can advance them. Put up candidates you believe will push in the direction of your vision and vote them into office at every level. Michelle Obama said it best, "it's more important than ever that we show up to vote, not just this year, but every year and in every election".

 

You can do both, you can prep for the revolution AND vote. You can do grassroots work AND vote. You can be an activist, a community organizer, AND vote. You can work to form a new party AND vote. Your work can do without a big ass Republican foot on the little comfort you have left. If you think who's in power doesn't matter, you're either a glutton for punishment or a dummy. Stop shaming people for voting. You don't have the energy to vote, to use the methods at your disposal to at least attempt to make a difference, but yet you have what it takes to break or build a nation? You're a bum. 

 

Go vote.

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