So yea. I hate politics. Obviously. I hate how every four years we get into this frenzy about giving people with immeasurable riches and privilege the opportunity to get even more riches and privilege by making them the head of a nation. (Yes, I realize that local elections happen but let’s be honest: most people really only care about presidential elections) We see it right now with all the chaos and think pieces that are going around right now about Hilary being crooked, rigging the election, and being anti-Black and Trump…well, just Trump. Honestly, this election has just solidified my hatred for politics and shown me more and more that our election system and political structure is a piece of shit.
I’m sure there are some people out there mad at me right now. “You shouldn’t hate politics!” “They are important!” “You need to learn more!” And to that I say Nah. I hate it because I realize that all of this stuff is planned out. I’m not a conspiracy theorist on the regular, but I am willing to bet that the only reason why Trump is a thing is so Hilary can win the election. Its shady, underhanded BS like that that really makes me hate this shit. I'm not so sure that we are even that important in the grand scheme of things either. Any type of politics are all about who you know, whose ass you kiss, who you donate to and who you’re related to rather than anyone actually wanting or trying to do something positive for the country. (For the record, I wasn’t a Bernie supporter either; I don’t trust paternalistic old white men claiming that they are the revolution). I don't necessarily need to learn more either, since it is BECAUSE I am smart and I read and think that I realize how much of a sham this shit is, and why I honestly want no part of it. It is BECAUSE of what I do know that I can no longer shame the people, especially the Black folks, who decide not to put up with this at all. Hell, I'm damn near one of them.
Now if you weren’t coming for me last paragraph I’m sure you are doing it now. I can almost feel the people angrily closing this post, or running to the comment section to tell me how wrong I am for not condemning to hell the Black people who DARE not to use their right to vote. “Don’t you know people died for your right to vote?” “How can you NOT vote? That’s what the Civil Rights Movement was all about!” People need to realize that people died for us to have the OPTION to vote. They wanted us to have the ability and right to vote, not just vote just for the sake of voting because we “have to”. If our Ancestors marched and died just to say that we had to vote every time the polls opened no matter what, isn’t that just another form of slavery? Isn't that what they were fighting and dying against? We have to realize that as Black people our Ancestors wanted us to have agency; they wanted us to have the ability to make decisions for ourselves and not be forced to do anything. We shouldn’t be forced to vote, go to a white school, be forgiving to people who did them wrong, or anything like that. Especially when the people in these establishments don’t give a fuck about us anyway.
People love trying to tell Black folks (or really any marginalized group) what's best for them. “Go vote or you’ll have Trump as a president!” "He would destroy your communities! Like we haven’t been having undercover Trumps for president for YEARS. The truth of the matter is that Trump isn’t a useful enough scare tactic to scare Black people into voting for Hilary (who isn’t too much better). Really, in order for voting to really become beneficial to Black people we would have to be one of the groups that control the voting process. We would have to be one of the campaign backers, we would need to become politicians actually concerned with our communities, or really be working to dismantle the system. Until we teach each other that there is more to this political game than just voting because our Ancestors said so, politics will never really and truly benefit us. At the end of the day the political structure has never been kind to marginalized folks (especially the Black ones) and honestly because of that I can’t blame a lot of people who don’t care for politics.
Look at what is happening in Louisiana right now. Even with this being election season very few elected or electable officials are doing anything to help a state that is constantly being ravaged by natural disasters, particularly the Black and brown communities in the state. Look at the ever growing list of people being killed due to police brutality. Look at the laws and general apathy towards the murder and bullying of queer people. Look at the constant classism and misogyny (and misogynoir) that we see so normalized in our world. Tell me what president has done anything to help any of these people (marriage equality, glass ceilings being broken, and failed investigations don’t count). I cannot wholeheartedly get hyped up on politics and these rich people getting richer when us oppressed people are becoming more oppressed. Until this political system starts to care about the people who work to keep it moving I can’t pretend to give a fuck about it. As the saying goes, “Earn this vote or lose” and right now everybody is losing.