2018 Midterms: The Hope is in the Vote!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch  

This is not one of those git down, sit down quizzical kind of articles you have grown accustomed to over the years. Sometimes we just need to talk about issues as they impact US.

And no, US means you and me, African Americans, not the United States; but, I am sure when I am through, you will see how what we do or do not do impacts US as well as the US as in these United States of America.

The midterm elections are rapidly approaching. If you are not registered to vote by the time you read this article, it will be too late.  However, don’t let the registration process pass you by.

The most important thing you can do for yourself and your family is to register and VOTE! Our ancestors realized that hope was in the ballot. Many lost their lives fighting for the right to vote.

Their right to vote did not come overnight. It was not a quick process. If they dared sign up to vote, they were subjected to beatings, death, and humiliations, i.e., paying poll taxes, determining how many bubbles were in a bar of soap and many other asinine questions.

This is a very important election—too important not to VOTE. If you have any doubts that it is, just look back over the past two years.

I tell you if I thought I had a little bit of intelligence, it’s all gone down the drain the last two years. There have been so many changes during this administration that have left me dumbfounded or just plain ole dumb.

Don’t ask me anything about Trump’s appointees because he has appointed and fired so many that I have lost count.

So, here are a few reasons why this election is so important!! During the past two years, we have seen the degradation of a great nation.

On the national scene, how did we manage to go from a nation with values to one that is despised by many, from sensibility to nonsense, and from laws to lawlessness?

On the local level, we are still dealing with gentrification in the City of Charleston and North Charleston; affordable housing that is not affordable; disparity in education and educational facilities; same crime and different time and the list goes on and on.

Politicians who think we have blinders on when they come knocking at our meeting halls and churches. Politicians who use school boards and local offices as stepping stones to state and national office. It’s not about making the best decisions for their electorates.

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