Today is the Maryland Primary. The civil unrest that took place last year as a result of the Freddie Gray tragedy was reflective of much more than one man and one injustice. The people of Baltimore, especially the youth, are disillusioned, disenfranchised, they feel voiceless and they’re not going to take it anymore.
It hurts me to see so many of us angry and so few of us voting. Believe it or not, your voice is your vote and one of the most powerful tools you have as an individual in society. Education and money are great equalizers as well. As an individual and as a community, we have to figure out how to leverage our votes. Voting is also a 365 day a year activity. Know the issues. Be aware of what’s happening in your neighborhood, city, state, country, and hold your elected leaders accountable. This is a process that doesn’t yield instant gratification, but being actively involved in the political process works. If black people and the people of Baltimore want more respect, we must respect and exercise our right to vote.
Rain is in the forecast today but that is no excuse not to vote. The polls are open until 8pm. Get out and vote! Your quality of life depends on it.