I’m not voting for me. To be honest, my day to day life didn’t change one iota on January 20, 2017, and probably won’t change one iota on January 20, 2021. But many lives have changed since 2017, and many, many more will change in 2021.
I’m white. The privilege I receive every day, and the systemic oppression many others face every day, solely determined by the color of our skin, does not have a chance to be remedied if the current occupant of the White House is not voted out on November 3, 2020. I am voting to honor the families of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and countless others. I am voting because Black Lives Matter.
I’m male. On average, women are paid 78 cents for every dollar a man makes. No man is questioned, or is forced into an arbitrary waiting period, or given a medically unnecessary test when they go in for a procedure. Men can raise their voices and be called ‘assertive’, while women are described as ‘emotional’ or ‘nagging’. Promiscuous men are called players. Promiscuous women are called whores. I am voting because Women’s Rights are Human Rights.
I’m straight. Until the Supreme Court ruling this summer, LGBTQ+ could be fired simply for being who they are. Adoption agencies that do not receive federal funding can STILL deny same sex couples from being considered. I am voting because LGBTQ+ Rights are Human Rights.
I have far fewer days left on this planet than the high school students I teach. What we have done, and continue to do, to the only world we know is sickening. Ocean levels will continue to rise, unprecedented severe weather will continue (as I write this, two separate hurricanes are on track to hit the gulf coast almost simultaneously), and we refuse to take meaningful steps to wean ourselves off fossil fuels. Climate change is THE global existential crisis, full stop. I am voting because I want my students, and their children, to grow up with a clean and stable environment.
Gentrification of urban areas, continued repercussions of redlining, and the assault on voting rights will all continue unabated if the current administration is allowed to go on. I am voting because housing is a human right, because homelessness is not a crime but rather an indictment of society’s shortcomings, and because every person’s voice should count.
I am voting because I do not want future students to go through active shooter drills.
I am voting because a single mother should not have to work three minimum wage jobs to support her child. I am voting for a living wage of $15 per hour.
I am voting because healthcare should not just be ‘affordable’, it should be a right. I am voting so families will not have to choose between paying rent or buying insulin.
I am voting because Dreamers should have a path to citizenship. I am voting because children should never be separated from their families after crossing a line on a map.
I am voting because truth, integrity and sincerity are important qualities in a President.
I am voting for Joe Biden.