Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Vote Aqui!

Good morning.  I was just at the polls a couple of hours ago.  Being a student of history, I couldn't help but think of the struggles many had to go through in order to vote.  I especially thought of my own ancestors realizing that many feared for their lives at the mere thought of voting.  They had to put up with all sorts of threats and clauses like the Grandfather Clause that was put into place to discourage the African American vote.  My grandfather voted in the 2008 presidential election.  He was 90 years old at the time, and never "thought that he would ever see a colored president."  Sorry Mr. President, he was 90 years old.  To him, everyone was either white or colored.  Now, my grandfather has gone home to glory, so he left this basic and very important civic duty up to his children and grand children.  So, once again, I exercised that right this morning for my grandfather and his grandfather.  It felt good.  Please vote today.  Peace~

Source:  Black Past.org


Deb Sistrunk Nelson said...

Love this post.

Stephen A. Bess said...

Deb, my sister, thanks always for your support. God bless.

Geoffrey Philp said...

Great post, Stephen.
I am sure your grandfather's near you right now, and he's smiling--proudly

Stephen A. Bess said...

Thanks, Geoffrey. Grandpa is missed. It's nice to know that he's proud of me.

neena maiya (guyana gyal) said...

This election has me puzzled because I haven't been following it [yes, I can be a ditz like that sometimes about other countries' politics], but I did get a hilarious email from an aunt living over there...she made sure her family voted for the people SHE wanted. Haha some things never change, mothers rule, always.

Tafari said...

I went to vote reluctantly last Tuesday & encounter racial profiling & voter intimidation at the poll.

I was soooooo mad!

My experience reinforced that it is important for minorities to vote no matter what.

To see what happened to me, check out my most recent blog post: http://mindspill.bygbaby.com/2010/11/when-voting-and-racism-collide.htm