If You Want My Vote; Stand For Something

IMG_0701Yesterday was the last day of early voting for the run-off elections in the city of Houston and Saturday is the actual elections. As someone that loves politics and the effort and selflessness a lot of these men and women put into their campaigns and offices I have to be honest and say; I have not been very impressed as of late by any politician.

Where are the politicians that inspire? That are willing to take a stand when it’s not popular. That are willing to offend people that need to be offended. Too much history went into getting me the right to vote for me to just give my vote away. It’s easy to talk about police brutality when something happens that makes news but why don’t I ever hear a politician blame the officers that sit back and do nothing while they know some of the men and women they serve with are bad apples?

When President Obama ran for President, I remember walking door to door trying to register people to vote knowing Texas was a red state. I didn’t care though, wearing that t-shirt, feeling proud to be a part of something new and encouraging. It changed me. Seven years later, where are the new generation of politicians that are going to have 18-28 year olds not going to happy hour but walking door to door?

I don’t care if you have money behind you or went to an amazing school. I don’t care if you have experience in politics or who your father was. What I care about is your love for the people and your passion for making our City, State and Nation better. I’m seeing too many people that are simply saying things because they sound good. People that have the nerve to ask me for my vote when they won’t make a statement about anything of relevance.

Donald Trump is leading the Republican candidates for President not because he’s the best option, it’s because he’s the only option that’s getting people inspired. As racist and ignorant as his comments are at times, they are views that are shared by a lot of people and that is something we have to pay attention to. Where is the Democrat that’s inspiring these sorts of passions? Is it Hilary Clinton? The same Hilary Clinton that wouldn’t stand alongside President Obama and quit on his administration so she run for office? Is it Bernie Sanders? A man that’s been around for a long time and has good ideas but no one knows or cares about? In a country as big as ours, where are the options that will change the world?

My President Is Black and That Matters To Me

President Obama

President Obama

My President Is Black and That Matters To Me

So many people in our country are intimidated by President Obama because he’s not like the black men they know in their little towns or cities. That scares them because it goes against everything they’ve been taught their entire lives. That makes me smile.

The politically correct thing to say is that it doesn’t matter that my President is a black man because he got the job based off of character, experience, education and a plan. Race and skin tone have nothing to do with it. That’s the politically correct thing to say. I don’t feel like being politically correct tonight. My Godson and Goddaughter will have lived their entire lives with a black man as President, that matters to me. That makes me smile. That means when I tell them they can be anything they want in life, I’m not lying.

There’s not one minority Senator in the south anymore. On the steps of the Texas Senate you had armed men with assault rifles openly threatening the President. Right now our country is more divided then it’s ever been and that’s because of one thing and one thing only. So many people can’t wrap their head around having a black man as President. They couldn’t six years ago, they couldn’t four years ago and they can’t now. So what…..

We’re here, we aren’t going anywhere. You can assassinate our leaders, put our fathers and uncles and cousins in prison for crimes that other men commit and get probation for. You can deny us jobs and make us build our own companies and make our own way but we are here! I will not walk with my head down throughout the day to make you feel more comfortable. I won’t bite my tongue or smile when you make a bad joke about my President, your President! I won’t be happy to have a job when I know I’m qualified to run the company! My President is black and that matters to me.

Great speech and when he’s finished with his two terms, look out for our First Lady because she’s going to be the next governor of Illinois and no telling what else!

~ Demez F. White

The Morning We Woke Up In America…

I woke up in a country where women said my body belongs to me and rape is rape.

Where homosexuals and lesbians said stop putting a title on who I am and who I love and just let us live.

Where Latinos stood together and said we came to this country not to steal, destroy and take your resources but to make a better life for ourselves.

I woke up in a country where single women were 19% of the vote because they wanted the world, the country, the 1% to know that they do have a voice and that marriage doesn’t make that voice more powerful.

I woke up in a country where black people stood in lines that were a half mile long in Florida and Ohio, were black people got tired of hearing, “Well they don’t vote anyway,” and we stood up and said… “Yes we do, we can and we will!”

This election has brought out some of the hate and anger and lies that still exist in America. It’s fractured some friendships that will never be repaired. And you know what… That’s a good thing! Because I’d rather look the people in the face that feel a certain way about me than to have them smile in my face thinking they deserve more than me.

The majority of us will never own our own business or make a 100k a year and that doesn’t make us lazy or unmotivated or users. That makes us the working class that help put this nation together.

African slaves built the plantations and dug the oil wells in the south. Asian immigrants built the railroad that sits on the plains and inner cities of America. Latino immigrants till this day work in the fields of our farming industry. At some point we were all immigrants and being used. We are not each others enemy! We are one voice and this morning I am that voice.

The smile on my face and warmth in my heart isn’t just because our candidate won. It’s because we weren’t complacent or complicit in letting a small group of men try to govern one of the most diverse and prosperous countries in the world!

God Bless America!