#BlackWomenVote Influencer: Karen Hunter

I vote because my grandmother, Julia Sweeper, couldn’t. She was born in the 1920’s in Augusta, Georgia, where her second-class citizenship I vote because millions of Americans—the Goodmans, the Schwerners, the Cheneys—died so that I can do so freely. was on full display. I will never dishonor their works, their legacy or their lives.

I am voting in 2016 because I care deeply about the future of this nation and humanity. I vote in 2016 because “they” don’t want us to. With every move to disenfranchise—through intimidation, closing voting outlets, not having the proper equipment or forms, creating long lines and frustration—it reminds me of what is really at stake.

Paul Weyrich, founder of the Moral Majority, the Heritage Foundation and what is known as the conservative movement in America said, “I don’t want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of people. They never have been from the beginning of our country, and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”

So, your vote doesn’t matter? Then why have so many people been killed for wanting to vote? If your vote doesn’t matter, why have whole movements been erected to prevent you from voting? If your vote doesn’t matter, why has so much money been spent to change laws to prevent you from voting?

I vote because I matter.

Karen Hunter
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, publisher, professor, bestselling author. Host of The Karen Hunter Show

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