*Note: This original entry was written back in 2016. All of these points are still very valid today. Make sure you're registered to vote for this upcoming election.
To my Black Kings and Queens,
I want to talk about change. Most of us are tired of what's been going on in our communities; but what have you done about it? We must realize that the power is what makes people listen, and makes people put forth action.
Power is held by those given the opportunity to push legislation through. Now, don't forget who gave these figures and representatives their authority (the people). The power should represent our best interests, because their decisions affect us.
You all have a duty to straighten out that crown on the top of your head. Don't look at yourself as just a citizen, or peasant. You are no where near a peasant! Start by changing your thoughts. If you think your vote doesn't matter, guess what; you just gave a vote to the enemy. Your power has been waiting for you this whole time. Our elders fought and died for our right to vote. Oh, and don't just vote for the president. What about the representatives in your state? The Senate and House of Representatives are ultimately the ones that make the decisions on legislation. Your school board? Your Sheriff? Wake up people! I know I am. I'm not perfect, and I know it's way easier said than done. But is it really? I guess I need to change my thinking on that too.
There are many resources available for you to learn about policies that affect you directly. Take the time out to truly educate yourselves to make informed decisions and exercise your right to vote. You can't just sit around and expect things to change. You have to change yourself.
Your Beautiful Black Queen