The Presidential election is in full swing in one of the most important parts of the country, Ohio. Here in Cleveland, Ohio buses, vans, and cars line up blocks and blocks to drop off eager voters. November is still a couple of weeks away but those who still have strong faith and hope in the country come to the polls in droves to prove to the masses that our voice matters. We want you to hear us loud and clear world, “We Exist.” First time voters and some who look as if it will be their last trip to the polls are full of joy. It feels like Christmas a little or Eid for me. A young black male crosses paths with a much older black woman and they both smile with admiration. The young black male smiles at her knowing that if it wasnt for her he wouldn’t have this opportunity so with a head nod and grin he says,”this is for you.” She smiles back and silently says with a smile and a nod, “my fight wasnt in vain and now you must carry us from here.” The feeling is amazing! I wish we could keep this love after the election. This respect, this faith and hope that a brighter day is just around the corner. Politicians and media sure do know how to play on our emotions, on our faith, on our hope.
I truly believe President Obama will win. But a even more important question is will we win as a community or will we continue to lose our future to jail cells and early graves? Will we continue to lose our mothers and aunties to death because of cancer and high blood pressure and other diseases because healthcare is unaffordable? Will we continue to lose our children who feel defeated before they even reach high school? Will we continue to lose our homes to foreclosures? Will we continue to lose?
The hard question is not will President Obama win Cleveland but a better question is whats in store for the future of my city? Will we continue to face defeat from our Football team to our classrooms or is there any type of championship on the way? I don’t know to be honest with you. But I do know that I will vote and continue the fight long after the election and I hope you choose to do the same.