My video has gone viral!
What a blessing to see how far it has traveled and the positive impact it has had on many lives along the journey. While on our way to vote, I paused to share my thoughts on a narrative that seems to, disproportionately, impact the Black community.
It’s the narrative that because I’m Black, I must vote Democrat. This narrative is pushed and peddled not just by White people, as some may assume. But, it’s thrusted upon and forever perpetuated by those of a familiar skin tone as the Black community. You know of whom I’m speaking of – Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Oprah Winfrey and the likes. But, my video spoke specifically of our First Lady, Michelle Obama. With an unprecedented message of oppression, shared unapologetically, America’s First Lady, went on TV One, a cable channel that caters to a predominately Black audience, to say that it does not matter what a candidate says or what they may have done, all that matters is that Black folks vote a straight Democratic ticket.
The first lady said, “That’s my message to voters, this isn’t about Barack, It’s not about person on that ballot, it’s about you, and for most of the people we are talking to, a Democratic ticket is the clear ticket that we should be voting on regardless of who said what or did this, that shouldn’t even come into the equation.”
Well, I’m one Black woman among many who, patently, disagree with Michelle’s assessment of my role in our Constitutional Republic. Furthermore, I reject her low opinion of the worth of my vote.
I am not a slave. My vote is valuable. My vote deserves to be wooed and pursued. My vote does not BELONG to a party. My vote is for my God, my family, and my country – and in that order. It is important for the Black community to be reminded that not all overseers on the slave plantation were White. There were also Black overseers they called Drivers. Their job was the same as the White overseer. That is, to keep Black folks toeing the line. Selah.