By Malika Shirk-Rogers
Obama made a very forceful plea to African Americans, in particular, to get out and vote. According to The Guardian, Obama wants African Americans to get behind Hillary Clinton because her platform focuses on issues that affect the African American community.
“I will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy, if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election.” “You want to give me a good send-off, go vote.”
However, I disagree with President Obama on who African Americans should vote for. I think African American people should be looking at all the candidates in this race. All Americans should be voting for the person that aligns with the issues they most care about. In spite of there being more than two options, most Americans feel obligated to vote for the two major parties, but there are millions of people who opt out of voting all together. These are the voters who feel disengaged or just don’t participate in elections.
Millennials, according to some recent polls, will not be coming out in big numbers for Hillary Clinton, like in 2008 to elect President Obama. Instead, more and more millennials are supporting third party candidates like Jill Stein. Millennials are rejecting the two major party system, which is causing nervousness among the Democrats. Seeing that, probably prompted President Obama’s stern message to the Congressional Black Caucus.
With this in mind, there is stigma with the Clintons as a whole, where people just don’t trust them. Just about all the recent polls show Hillary with a very high unfavorable/untrustworthy rating. The reasons why people don’t trust Hillary Clinton stem from her use of an unauthorized private server, Benghazi, lobbying for the 1994 crime bill, her “super predators” comment about African Americans, and more. It’s important to realize, that for these reasons alone people will not be casting their ballot for her. Hillary Clinton, like all presidential candidates need to earn the African American vote. President Obama’s disappointment needs to come from Hillary Clinton’s incapability to do as such. So, if you want to vote for Jill Stein or the down ballot don’t let President Obama guilt trip you into four years of lies and corruption. The Democrats had an opportunity with Bernie Sanders but their favorable actions towards Hillary Clinton may ultimately cost them this election.
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