Last week we witnessed a four-day effort by the Republican National Convention to rebrand Donald Trump as a sensitive, empathetic man, deeply concerned about the welfare of all citizens. Notwithstanding this fraudulent narrative, they deemed it necessary to parade a handful of black citizens to publicly deny that our President is a racist.
During those four days we heard numerous speeches, yet there was little mention of the serious racial issues that currently dominate our national news. In the last three months the arbitrary and excessive use of deadly force by police on black men and women has generated huge protests in cities throughout this country as well as Europe.
People of all races, backgrounds, and ages have taken to the streets in recognition that racial injustice still exists in America. A small percentage of people have sought to take advantage of this unrest by engaging in looting and destruction of property.
The RNC speakers, and particularly Donald Trump, emphasized the violence and failed to mention the overwhelming majority of peaceful protesters. President Trump did not acknowledge George Floyd or Jacob Blake. He proudly declared himself “a law and order President” who will protect our suburbs. He is actually sending racist dog-whistles to white suburbanites assuring them he will keep their communities “safe”.
If Trump is re-elected there will be no attempt to address and change the racism that pervades our criminal or social justice system. Meanwhile, the conservative media is lauding Kyle Rittenhouse, a seventeen- year-old wielding an AR-15 rifle, as a hero. This avid gun and Trump supporter traveled from Illinois to Kenosha, Wisconsin as part of a militia/ vigilante group. He killed two people and wounded another. The Conservative media does not appear to be disturbed that Jacob Blake, shot in the back seven times by a police officer, lies in a hospital paralyzed from the waist down with his leg chained to a bed.
Donald Trump has no desire or motivation to address systemic racism. If we have any chance of the next generation of children growing up in a society where they are not defined, categorized or judged by the color of their skin you need to vote. If you wish our leaders to pursue the ideal of “liberty and justice for all” you need to vote. If you want leaders who believe Black Lives Matter, you must vote!
Friends Don’t Let Friends NOT Vote!
The only way we can flip Florida blue this election is if we vote in huge numbers. Help a friend vote. Talk to them about how important their voice is this year. Know a young person who is eligible to vote for the first time? Talk with them about current events and make sure they vote early or show up at the polls on November 3.
With your help, we can and we will make a difference in our state, our country, and the world.
What Can You Do?
- Vote early!
- If you have a mail-in ballot, send it back immediately. It must arrive by Election Day or it will not be counted.
- Drop your mail-in ballot off at your Supervisor of Elections office OR any secure Early Voting dropbox in your county.
- Vote early in person! Click here for early voting days/hours/locations in your county.
- Vote for Joe Biden, and remind your friends and family to vote, too!
- If you do vote in person on November 3, you must go to your designated polling place. Find your poll location here.
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