by Ewuare X. Osayande
Because I believe in a woman’s right to choose;
Because I believe in equal pay for equal work;
Because I believe that rape is rape and that a man should never be in a position to determine whether the rape of a woman is ever legitimate;
Because I believe that a person born in this country is a citizen of this country. Period!
Because I believe that the military budget is bloated and that government funds could be better spent insuring that all children have access to a quality public education;
Because I believe that the poor and working class should not have to pay a higher tax rate than the rich;
Because a corporation is NOT a person;
Because whenever I vote I take into that booth with me the memory and spirit of all of my ancestors who were denied the right to do so in their lifetime;
Because I am not interested in being governed by a man who is a presiding bishop in a religion that taught that Black people were spawn of the devil and the eternal servants of white people until 1978 when then President Jimmy Carter threatened to take away their tax-exempt status.
Yes, there are other issues of great concern to me that have been overlooked and outright dismissed in this campaign season. And, yes, I, like so many others, wonder what real affect my vote has in a political era ruled by a corporate elite empowered by the Supreme Court. Even so and ultimately, there is enough at stake at this political moment to elicit my concern and to cause me to show up at the polls on Election Day. And, no, this single act does not represent the end-all/be-all of my political activism. Fact is I believe this entire political system needs to be overhauled and power put – once and for all – in the hands of the people. So when I leave the voting booth, you can best believe that my political activism will continue toward that revolutionary end.
Ewuare X. Osayande is a political activist, poet and author of several books including his latest book of poems entitled Whose America?.