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MY BLACK VOTE?

14202636_10111568401622304_6215837881234586459_nAs Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump gear up to face off, I can’t help but to think, how will this affect black folk? With a rise on racial tension in America and police slaughtering and killing black men in our streets, I wondered, where will this election leave us and what will this do for our community?

Almost 8 years ago Sean (P Diddy) Combs encouraged us all to “Vote or Die”, it’s 2016 and choosing between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for the presidential election, the option to just DIE doesn’t sound that bad after all. We are less than 30 days away from the Presidential election and the tone of black celebrities and black businesses have become a bit mum. I see a lot of “Black lives matter” paraphernalia and I hear a lot about the “black dollars mattering and being circulated within our community”, but is this enough? It frightens me that more African Americans are not being vocal about the upcoming elections or maybe they are just as lost and confused as I am. In 2006 when the Citizen Change campaign was formed, it was encouraging and patriotic to see artist like P Diddy, Mary J. Blidge, Mariah Carey and 50 Cent urge the young black community to vote. According to Electproject.org, demographically, age groups 18-29 and minorities have a lower turnout rate at the polls; hence my concerns.

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Christians and the 2016 Presidential Election

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Legally, I’ve been able to vote since I was 24, the age I became a US citizen. I take this right to vote seriously. This election cycle has been the craziest display of “politics” I’ve ever seen. CNN is on most days in my house and my husband and I try to stay informed. What’s been of most interest to me is the support of Christian leaders in favor of Donald Trump.

Quite frankly, I don’t get it! When Donald Trump insults women, curses at rallies, uses derogatory terms, refers to himself as the greatest in more ways than one, and lauds greed, among so many other things (Read more) I cannot in good conscious- as a good Christian- vote for this man. He is opposite to all my beliefs and values. To be more explicit, Trump is anti-Christ. Every account of Jesus’ life illustrated inclusion, helping others and loving your neighbors.  Everything Donald Trump says is divisive and self-centered. Like Dr. Charles Dunn, Professor Emeritus, Regent University, stated “ The Christian Faith should not be looked upon as an interest group.”

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