If there's one thing I learned from Nelini Stamp's takeover of Selena Gomez's Instagram, it's that she is one of the coolest people ever.
Stamp is the Director of Strategy for Working Families, which is a grassroots, multiracial party of working people who have their eyes on the ultimate goal: making the country work for the many, not the few.
Oh yeah... Stamp was also named a Nylon Mag It Girl in 2018.
Stamp showed video during her takeover of wait lines from a primary in Georgia where in a community of predominantly black people, the wait line was insanely long, which continues to suppress and silence them further continuing the narrative where this country only works for a few people, not everyone.
What good does it do to say that we live in a country where votes reflect the people's needs and wants when we aren't truly giving everyone equal access to even be heard? It skews the vote and skews the views of our leaders, continuing to create a society where Black and brown people are set up to fail.
I, for one, am absolutely sick of it. I'm sick of people's voices meaning nothing or not being heard at all. How hard would it be to create another polling place to ensure that everyone's voices are heard?
And before you say this is just a narrative created by the media: I've actually experienced this first hand.
I grew up in a predominantly white neighborhood, and I have never once had to wait in a line at my polling place to cast my vote, to make sure my voice is heard.
When I lived in a major city for two years, a city that was predominantly made up of Black people, the lines at their polling places were insane. People waited in line just to have to leave because they couldn't get it done on their lunch break. And for some, that was the only chance they had before polls closed, so now, their voice just wasn't going to be heard, wasn't going to matter.
In fact, there were times that the polling place, which was a few miles away from my college campus, would end up lining up on my college campus because it was so long.
We cannot allow our Black and brown brothers and sisters to be silenced or taken out of the picture any longer. We need to work for the many, not the few.
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