Music is an outlet, which I’m pretty sure we all need with today’s presidential election. This is the playlist I’ve made exactly for this occasion along with my thoughts.
Thought of the election provokes mayhem and borderline claustrophobia in my head. I didn’t care at first; I saw no reason. I am a privileged, white high school student. My life is so good, and I know that. I also was like, “If I can’t even vote, why does it matter what I think?”
A majority of my school’s attendees missed the cut-off date to be eligible to vote today. However, I was sure many of my peers had thoughts pertaining to the 2016 presidential election. Our thoughts couldn’t be put into the ballot box, so I asked them instead.
The rituals we follow before November eighth
Empty the car and flood into the voter booth,
Me, and my mother, and my baby brother to boot.
I attend The George Washington University in Washington D.C., and my dorm room is only a few blocks away from the White House. I find myself steering away from the political scene before it chokes me.
I didn’t have much love for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, so it felt like being stuck between a rock and a hard place. Despite my lack of faith in either of them, I decided to vote anyway.
Not being able to vote is like not being able to extinguish the fire that’s slowly, and eventually, going to swallow you whole. Like I’ve always been told, every vote counts, and I must always exercise this right. My ancestors fought for this right, and I intend to use it.
On Oct. 31, my grandparents, parents and I all went to the polls to cast our first-ever ballots and fulfill our civic duties as Americans, family-style.
Given that I was wearing my direct-from-school inordinately bright blue shorts and a plain white T-shirt in a meeting space filled with older business men and women carefully dressed in sharp suits or silken dresses, you can imagine how much I stood out as the only teen present at the Blank Family Foundation’s “News Media and […]
This is my first political cartoon! I am very intensely not a fan of Donald Trump, so when my mother envisioned this and commissioned me to bring it to life, I readily agreed.